Indiana man, 72, had 300+ photos of girl he molested for a decade, detectives say

Indiana man, 72, had 300+ photos of girl he molested for a decade, detectives say

CLARK COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - An Indiana man has been arrested after police found hundreds of pictures of child pornography in his possession.

James Barrient, 72, is accused of molesting his step-granddaughter for at least a decade -- and photographing it.

Charges have not yet been filed against Barrient, but Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said that will happen Tuesday.

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It will take time for Mull to go through each piece of evidence and determine just how many charges Barrient will face.

Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel called the case "absolutely horrific."

"The victim was -- this occurred from her sixth year of age all the way until she turned 17," Noel said. "She came forward with investigators after receiving some different counseling and felt she needed to let someone know about this."

Police seized numerous hard drives and computers from two homes in Borden, IN, finding more than 300 pornographic images of the girl showing her naked in sexual positions or having sex with Barrient.

"I can tell you as a father and having daughters, it's absolutely horrific," Noel said. "It's absolutely horrific what this victim went through."

With more evidence to go through, more suspects and victims could be identified, Noel said. Hard as it is, he said, parents need to talk to their children about potential abuse.

"It could happen at daycare, could happen with a family member, in this case with a step-grandparent. Just a reminder, to make sure we're educating our kids and parents are talking to kids that it's never okay for anyone to touch them," Noel said. "I wouldn't want anyone to have to go through this."

Barrient is being held in the Clark County Jail on $100,000 cash-only bond. He's expected in court Tuesday for an initial hearing.

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