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Kern River Valley resident Joseph Matthew Barton-Mete, 30, was sentenced to three years of probation on one charge of possession of child pornography.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) had originally received information that Barton-Mete, a computer repair technician, was in possession of child pornography in December of 2015 and seized computers from his home to be analyzed by the FBI. After determining that one of the computers contained numerous depictions of minors engaged in sexual acts, Barton-Mete was arrested on January 8, 2016.

He pled 'no contest' to the charge in May of 2017.
Barton-Mete was sentenced on Wednesday, July 5, to three years of probation. The sentence stipulated that he must register as a lifetime sex offender. During probation, he is not permitted to possess any electronic devices with internet connection or data storage without prior approval, and all devices are subject to search at any time. He is also not permitted to own pets during this time period.