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AL corrections officer charged with child porn

Michael Barnes (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Office) Michael Barnes (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Office)
SCOTTSBORO, AL (WAFF) -

A state corrections officer is facing 14 counts of production of child pornography and 14 counts of possession of child pornography.

State officials confirm 58-year-old Michael Dave Barnes has been employed at the Limestone Correctional Facility. State officials say Barnes has served as a corrections officer dating back to 2002 but his employment status with the state is unknown. Calls to the Department of Corrections have not been returned.

During his initial court appearance on Thursday, complaints filed with the court state Barnes uploaded images on Nov. 9, 2016 of nude young girls posing in a sexual manner. The complaints also state there were printed images of nude young girls when police arrested him on Tuesday.

He remains in the Jackson County Jail. The judge maintained the bond set for Barnes at $280,000.

Neighbors say police came to the home of state corrections officer Barnes Tuesday morning and stayed several hours. Scottsboro police initially gave few details, but neighbors describe him as odd to say the least. Several neighbors say he didn't interact with the people around him.

One person said Barnes has lived at the home on Julie Drive going on two decades, but they've never seen any vehicles at the home other than he and his wife's.

Several neighbors said he had surveillance cameras around his home and blackened windows.

Where the charges originate is unknown.

Some neighbors said they didn't believe the couple had children or that children ever went to the home.

One neighbor said when police left they took computers from the home as well as his surveillance cameras. That neighbor also said the whole neighborhood is freaked out by what's going on.

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