Sean Jeramie Barner

A New Bedford man accused of having child pornography on his computer is facing more than 100 felony charges.

The state police computer crime unit arrested Sean Jeramie Barner, 36, of 240 Hyland Lane on Saturday in connection with the alleged offenses that they say spanned a time frame of May 1, 2014 through Saturday.

Barner is being held in the Lawrence County jail on $100,000 bond.

The investigating officer alleged in a criminal complaint that he was conducting undercover investigations into Internet sharing of child pornography, and he came across a computer sharing a file through eMule that displayed a pornographic video involving a preteen girl.

The trooper served a court order on Comcast Cable Communications for subscriber information and obtained a Hyland Lane address under a woman’s name.

Police executed a search warrant at the mobile home on Sept. 16 and examined the computer there, but it had no evidence of sexual abuse of children, they reported.

The woman who lived there denied knowledge of the alleged material, police said, but she reported that Barner had been living there for several months and had access to her Internet service via his own personal laptop computer and had access to the WiFi networks. She told police that Barner had moved out of her house in August and took his computer with him, but she believed he was living somewhere else in the same mobile home park.

Police on Jan. 25 gain were conducting undercover child pornography investigations online and allegedly found another sharing of a pornographic video involving a child of a preteen girl.

The officer obtained another court order and obtained subscriber information from Comcast, and received another address at 240 Hyland Lane.

Police went to the mobile home at that address with a search warrant and again found no evidence of child pornography on the computers there. However, the owners told police that Barner had been living there for about six months.

They told police that Barner drives a truck during the week and sleeps at their house on weekends, the investigator reported. The couple told police that Barner uses his own laptop at their house and is often using his computer and the Internet there. They also related that Barner always takes his computer with him, the police report said.

Police on Saturday served a search warrant on Barner’s person and his vehicle and confiscated his laptop computer. A state police corporal examined the computer and found hundreds of movie files depicting child pornography, according to court papers.

The police arrested Barner after questioning him.

He is charged with 100 counts of child pornography, and two counts each of disseminating photos or films of child sex acts and criminal use of a communication facility.

He was arraigned before District Judge Jerry G. Cartwright, who set his preliminary hearing for April 7 in Lawrence County Central Court.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

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