FORT MYERS Fla.- Kenneth Barton's attorney, Tom Marryott told WINK News outside the federal courthouse today that he is not putting his faith in what the FBI says about his client.
"I would never base my feelings on what they had to say at this point and I need to see the evidence and testimony," said Marryott.
Marryott appeared with Barton at the federal courthouse in downtown Fort Myers today to face charges that Barton had over a hundred files containing child pornography on his computers in his home. FBI agents raided the home early Tuesday morning. Barton's family was at his hearing but did not want to answer our questions.
WINK News also got a hold of Barton's personel file from when he was deputy at the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office. In it are more than 50 pages of reprimands and memos about Barton's lack of performance. That includes one from 1994 noting Barton's side business as a DJ and karaoke player. The memo which was written by Major Robert miller noted that the business has a higher priority with the lieutenant than his position as a district commander.
We found all of these reprimands in addition to the internal affairs investigation that lead to his retirement in 2007. That report revealed accusations of sexual abuse and misconduct, but Barton was never charged with a crime. We also checked on his retirement. Barton collects a pension on a final salary of $78,000 a year.
According to Florida law, if barton were convicted on the child pornography charges, he would still be eligible get his pension benefits.
At his hearing today, Barton entered a plea of not guilty. The judge denied Barton bond citing that he was a danger to society. Barton is scheduled to appear in court again on July 9th.