Sheboygan man faces 500 years in prison for possession of child porn

SHEBOYGAN (WITI) — A Sheboygan man faces 500 years in prison for what prosecutors say they found on his computer. Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco says police found a stash of child pornography on the man’s computer, and says some of the images involve victims as young as three years old.

Thomas Barg

Thomas Barg

24-year-old Thomas Barg of Sheboygan faces 20 counts of child pornography.

Barg is in the Sheboygan County Jail — following a raid on his computer.

“These images are images of children being sexually assaulted.  This is victimization taped,” Sheboygan Police Detective Joel Clark said.

Detective Clark is leading the investigation and says more than 100 pictures were recovered.

Prosecutors say Barg told them “he is not attracted to children — but he does have curiosity.”

“They’re horrific things to see, and you have to remember those are real children on the other side of the lens that have been affected and will be affected for the rest of their lives,” Clark said.

DeCecco says Barg was caught thanks to a tip from a national organization — the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“It just breaks your heart. It’s just sad. How someone could do this to a child is beyond me,” DeCecco said.

Prosecutors say files were forwarded from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the non-profit group from Washington, D.C. sent the information to a national network of law enforcement agencies — a network Detective Clark says his department is a part of.

“You’re not anonymous. It might feel like you’re very anonymous, but you’re not. The degree of anonymity that people think they have on the internet is a real false hope.  You are not anonymous,” Detective Clark said.

Law enforcement officials promise using teamwork, they’ll continue to hold those fueling a dark industry accountable.

“I don’t really understand it, but we’ll continue to prosecute it,” DeCecco said.

Sheboygan Police Department is part of what’s known as the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

It is a network that the department says brings about two credible cases to their attention every month — besides the cases they uncover on their own.

Barg is due back in court next week.

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