Man claims to be cryptozoologist; busted for child porn

Man claims to be cryptozoologist; busted for child porn
Keith Barnes (Source: Lawrence Co. Sheriff's Office Via Vinelink)

LAWRENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A man who claimed to be a cryptozoologist, and track and record the movements of Big Foot, was arrested in Lawrence County Tuesday.

According to a press release by the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, 46-year-old Keith Barnes of Black Rock was arrested after Barnes was reported being seen in uniform with a badge and stating that he was a cryptozoologist with the United States Department of Interior.

Barnes said his employment was to track and record Big Foot movement.

The Department of Interior stated that Barnes wasn't in their employment and that the job title Barnes listed didn't exist.

During the course of the investigation, officers received an anonymous tip that Barnes possessed child pornography.

During a follow-up interview with detectives, evidence was found to charge Barnes with possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

Barnes is out on bond awaiting a June 18th, court date.

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