Sherman man sentenced to 60 years in prison for soliciting minors online

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) A Sherman man convicted of using a computer in the Grayson County Law Library to solicit sex from a teen boy received the maximum sentence Thursday.

Joshua Barrier

A parent contacted Whitesboro Police after they found sexually explicit messages between their child and an adult online.

The adult was identified as 40-year-old Joshua Barrier, and through the investigation, they learned he had been using a computer in the Grayson County Law Library to send the messages.

A jury sentenced Barrier to 60 years in prison.

District Attorney, Brett Smith said since the initial investigation, multiple instances of soliciting minors for sexual purposes came to light.

Investigators discovered Barrier was grooming children, attempting to lure them into meeting him in person, and offering them alcohol or drugs.

Smith said Barrier sent and received sexual images to and from the underage victims, and even exposed himself to a 14-year-old boy.

Investigation into the IP address of the messages revealed Barrier had been using a computer in the Grayson County Law Library.

Smith wants his sentence to send a message.

"It's the same message we send to child predators in this county day after day, you mess with a child in Grayson County, you're going to go to prison for a long time," Smith said.

Barrier will be eligible for parole in 15 years.

Smith said he doubts he will get out then, based on his behavior in jail and the courtroom.