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Man claiming he hunted Bigfoot for US government charged with child porn

Authorities say an Arkansas man under investigation for claiming he tracked Bigfoot for the U.S. government has been arrested on a child pornography charge.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 46-year-old Keith Barnes was arrested last week. Authorities say they found evidence for a charge of possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

Lawrence County sheriff’s officials say they received an anonymous tip that Barnes possessed child pornography during the impersonation investigation.

That investigation began after people reported seeing Barnes wearing a uniform with a badge and saying he was a cryptozoologist with the Interior Department. The department says that job title doesn’t exist and Barnes doesn’t work for the agency.

Barnes was released from jail after posting bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court June 18.

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