Sex offender used computer illegally


BATAVIA — A registered sex offender released from prison in March was arrested earlier this month after an investigation revealed he illegally used a work computer, city police said.

Matthew W. Barber, 52, of West Main Street was charged May 21 with unauthorized use of a computer.

Barber was found to have used a computer at his workplace at 700 Ellicott St. just after midnight on May 19.

Police Sgt. Dan Coffey said the investigation was unable to determine what Barber was searching for on the computer and that it appeared he had “erased his tracks.”

Barber was issued an appearance ticket but was detained by the New York State Parole and committed to Genesee County Jail.

Barber was released from Riverview Correctional Facility on March 26.

He had served a seven-year term for first-degree sexual abuse of a child.

Barber in 2007 was convicted of molesting a child under 10 years old.

The charges came during a federal investigation that began when Barber’s then-wife contacted police after she found child pornography on his computer.

Barber also was convicted on federal charges of possessing child pornography and was sentenced to six years in federal prison, a term he served before going to state prison in 2011.

Barber is a Level 2, sexually violent offender on the state registry.

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