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Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Internet Predator Unit make an arrest.
Peter R. Barnhill
13405 Beechberry Drive
Possession of Child Pornography (20 Counts) Enhanced to Second Degree on each count
On June 14, 2011, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Internet Predator Unit concluded a two month online child exploitation investigation by executing a court authorized search warrant at 13405 Beechberry Drive in Riverview. As a result of the on scene investigation, Peter Barnhill was arrested on 20 counts of possessing child pornography enhanced each count to a 2nd degree felony. Post Miranda the defendant admitted to downloading filed depicting child pornography and saving them in a folder titled “Hold”. Subsequent search located numerous images and video/movie files depicting children as young as toddlers either posed in lewd position or engaged in sexual activity. The files were located in a folder titled “Hold III”. Some of the files are from identified child pornography series known to detectives.
Barnhill was taken into custody without incident. Detectives seized numerous computer related items (computers, hard drives) which will be searched forensically.