Richland man sentenced for producing, distributing child pornography


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    RICHLAND, Wash.-- A 29-year-old Richland man has been sentenced to 28 years in federal prison.

    Zayne Kent Barbre was sentenced Friday after having pleaded guilty in October to four counts of Production of Child Pornography and one count of Distribution of Child Pornography.

    U.S. District Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr. sentenced Barbre to a 28-year term of imprisonment on the production counts, which involved Barbre recording himself sexually assaulting minor boys, and 20 years on the distribution count, which involved him sending those videos to other adult men.

    The Court ordered those sentences to be served concurrently, and recommended that related state charges be served concurrently as well, and imposed a lifetime of supervised release on Barbre.

    According to information disclosed during court proceedings, Barbre: drugged 14- and 15-year old minors with methamphetamine before engaging in sex with them and got them hooked on methamphetamine so he could continue to rape them in exchange for providing them with drugs.

    He also engaged in human trafficking by making a minor prostitute himself to other adult men in exchange for methamphetamine and money; enforced his will by telling a minor he had a gun; harbored a minor so he could ply him with methamphetamine and engage in sex with him; and repeatedly recorded these heinous crimes, often without his drugged victims’ knowledge.

    At times, Barbre handcuffed his victims while sexually assaulting them.

    After Barbre's arrest, law enforcement agents searched his digital devices and discovered 170 still images and 272 videos of child abuse.

    Sixty-seven of the still images and twenty-four of the videos were unique, meaning Barbre likely created them.

    This case was investigated by the Southeast Regional ICAC Task Force, the United States Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, and Police Departments for Kennewick and Richland, Washington.

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