Ex-coach jailed for child porn

Barbins traded ex­plicit pho­tos with 12-year-old child while lead­ing St. Mary’s Col­lege of Md. swim team

Maryland Independent - - News - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @CalRecANDREW

An­dre Barbins, the former head swim coach for St. Mary’s Col­lege of Mary­land, has been sen­tenced to six years of prison for a 2015 in­ci­dent in which he was caught ex­chang­ing sex­u­ally ex­plicit pho­to­graphs on­line with a 12-year-old in Illi­nois.

Barbins, 46, of Solomons was charged with one count of solic­it­ing a sub­ject for child pornog­ra­phy and an­other count of dis­play­ing ob­scene mat­ter to a mi­nor, ac­cord­ing to on­line court records.

State po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors from the Mary­land In­ter­net Crimes Sec­tion, Mary­land In­ter­net Crimes Against Chil­dren Task Force, were con­tacted by the Knox County Sher­iff’s Of­fice in Illi­nois for a case in­volv­ing the sex­ual so­lic­i­ta­tion of a mi­nor. After re­view­ing the case, au­thor­i­ties learned a sub­ject iden­ti­fy­ing him­self as “An­dre” con­tacted a 12-year-old via a so­cial net­work web­site Sept. 24, 2015. He told the vic­tim he was 37 and con­tin­ued to use sex­ual jar­gon through­out the con­ver­sa­tion, know­ing the age of the ju­ve­nile, court records state.

Au­thor­i­ties noted more than 20 im­ages shared in the five-day con­ver­sa­tion, in­clud­ing some that were sex­u­ally ex­plicit, a press re­lease from the Depart­ment of Jus­tice de­tails. Barbins per­suaded the vic­tim to send him pic­tures con­tain­ing child pornog­ra­phy. The pho­tos shared in the con­ver­sa­tion led de­tec­tives to Barbins, who deleted the ac­count after his con­ver­sa­tion with the ju­ve­nile.

Of­fi­cers con­ducted a search war­rant Feb. 12, 2016, at Barbins’ res­i­dence, where they seized var­i­ous dig­i­tal me­dia stor­age de­vices found to con­tain im­ages of child pornog­ra­phy, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­ports. Au­thor­i­ties also ob­served fur­ni­ture in the res­i­dence that could be iden­ti­fied in the pho­to­graphs ex­changed with the vic­tim. They made con­tact with Barbins at this time and trans­ported him to the Mary­land State Po­lice Prince Frederick bar­rack for a poly­graph test with Cpl. Fred Dolinger.

Barbins ad­mit­ted to ac­cess­ing the web­site and later delet­ing his ac­count. He also con­fessed he knew the vic­tim was 12 years old, and that he had sent porno­graphic im­ages of him­self to the ju­ve­nile.

His charges were placed on the stet docket in Calvert County after his Nov. 4, 2016, court pro­ceed­ing, mak­ing the charges in­ac­tive at that time. They can be taken off the stet docket at the state at­tor­ney’s dis­cre­tion.

Deputy State’s At­tor­ney Kathryn Marsh, who was prose­cut­ing the case, said the case was re­ferred to the fed­eral ju­ris­dic­tion of the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, as the facts of the case crossed state lines. The U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice as­sumed the case and came to a plea res­o­lu­tion with Barbins.

“Based on the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice as­sum­ing the case — they have higher penal­ties and guide­lines — we agreed to stet this case un­til Mr. Barbins en­ters his guilty plea in fed­eral court. Once Mr. Barbins en­ters his guilty plea in fed­eral court our case would be dis­missed. Our stet is just to make sure some­thing re­mains against Mr. Barbins un­til the fed­eral case is re­solved,” Marsh ex­plained at that time.

Ear­lier this year, Barbins pleaded guilty to the re­ceipt of child pornog­ra­phy. On July 6, U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel dealt Barbins a 72-month sen­tence in prison with 15 years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion fol­low­ing his re­lease, the re­lease states.

Act­ing U.S. At­tor­ney Stephen M. Schen­ning com­mended Home­land Se­cu­rity In­ves­ti­ga­tions, Mary­land State Po­lice and the Knox County Sher­iff’s Of­fice for their work in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Schen­ning also thanked As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Joseph R. Baldwin, who pros­e­cuted the case.


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