Columbia man gets 20 years for sexually abusing teen

Police recovered pictures, videos of abuse from home

March 03, 2011|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

A 43-year-old Columbia man was sentenced in U.S. District in Baltimore Thursday for sexually abusing and taking explicit photos of a teenage girl, officials said.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Philip Wayne Barto to 20 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and required him to register as a sex offender, according to a statement from the U. S. State's Attorney's office.

According to his plea agreement, Barto sexually abused the girl, in addition to taking photos of her and showing her images of child pornography.

She notified social services in December 2009. Police searched Barto's home, where they found sexually explicit pictures of the girl on his computer, in addition to more than 300 videos and numerous images documenting the sexual abuse of minors.

Many of the images "portrayed sadistic, masochistic or other depictions of violence, including bondage of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct," according to release.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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