Man sentenced in child porn ring

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A Texas man will spend 35 years in prison after being convicted on child pornography charges.

Authorities say 36-year old Mark P. Barnwell of Whitehouse, Texas, ran a porn scheme involving more than 40 girls in eight states, including Mississippi.

Barnwell used false Facebook profiles to contact girls and advertise modeling jobs,  Prosecutors say Barnwell then asked the girls to send him sexually explicit photos and threatened to post the nude photos online if they didn’t send him more.

Officials say Barnwell obtained nude photos from 43 vicitms, including 28 in Illinois. Others were from California, Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada, Texas, Washington and West Virginia.

Once his prison term is served Barnwell will remain on supervised release for the rest of his life.

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