MDC officer facing federal child porn charges

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An officer at the Metropolitan Detention Center is facing federal child pornography charges. the U.S. Attorney’s Office says back in January, 43-year-old Craig Barnish went into a social media app and commented on two videos showing a naked child.


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They say he then uploaded a video of child porn later that day. Investigators say they found more sexually explicit videos involving children on his phone. Barnish will appear in court for a detention hearing Friday. If convicted, Barnish faces up to 20 years in prison. The FBI Albuquerque Field Office is investigating the case with assistance from the Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory.

Barnish has been with MDC since 2012. Bernalillo County says he has not reported to work for the last two days. If he doesn’t contact his supervisor, the county will consider his job abandoned. If he returns, he will be placed on administrative leave.

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