Kannapolis man sentenced to 17 years for child pornography

Anthony James Barry was sentenced to 17 years in prison for production of child pornography. 

A Kannapolis man has been sentenced to nearly two decades in prison after he was convicted on child porn charges.

Anthony James Barry, 19, pleaded guilty on Nov. 17, 2018 to one count of production of child pornography. He was sentenced to a total of 204 months in prison, and 10 years of supervised release. 

In April 2018, a woman told the Boone Police Department that an individual, saying he was a modeling agent, was trying to extort her through Snapchat. 

A subsequent investigation revealed that the IP address used by the suspect was traced back to Barry's Rowan County home. Detectives also found that Barry had used Snapchat to extort sexual images from several minors and tried to trade child pornography. 

In May 2018, Barry told an 11-year-old girl he was with a government agency and coerced her into sending an image of her 10-year-old sister sleeping.

On July 27, law enforcement officials searched barry's ome, and he admitting to finding victims through social media, trading child pornography and said he recalled extorting the 11-year-old girl. 

Several agencies investigated this case, including the Boone Police Department, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, NC State Board of Investigations (SBI) and Homeland Security Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric L. Iverson.

FOX 46 reported on this story from Charlotte, N.C.