April 2015

A MAN who made and possessed more than 200 indecent images of children has received a three-year supervision order.

Mark Roy Barker, 45, pleaded guilty to four charges relating to the photographs, six of which were the most serious category A and seven were category B.

Barker, of Egerton Road, Blacon, has reportedly sought help for his problems and has vowed to move on with his life.

West Cheshire Magistrates’ Court heard he had voluntarily signed up with the The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, a UK charity dedicated to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused. 

The charity works with families that have been affected by sexual abuse, including both perpetrators and victims.

Barker was arrested after police received intelligence that his computer’s IP address was linked to child pornography sites.

Officers searched his property, retrieved computers and found 235 indecent images of children on his laptop.

He was charged with possessing 235 indecent photographs and making six level A, seven level B 222 level C images.

The court heard that Barker was a “man of good character” who now wished to “put this behind him”. 

He was placed on the sexual offenders’ register and was also ordered to pay £85 in court costs.

March 2015

Blacon man admits possession of indecent images of children

A man who was addicted to adult porn sites has pleaded guilty to having 235 indecent photographs of children on his computer.

Mark Barker, 45, of Egerton Road, Blacon, admitted one charge of possessing indecent photographs of a child and three charges of making indecent photographs of a child between September 2010 and June last year at a hearing at Chester Magistrates Court on Thursday (March 19).

The offences came to light when police received intelligence that an IP address had been downloading indecent images.

Officers executed a search warrant at Barker’s address and seized his laptop, which was then sent for analysis.

Evidence was uncovered that Barker had searched for the images and had attempted to erase photos.

The court heard that Barker told police he had been addicted to websites featuring adult pornography and accepted that he had a problem.

He told them he did not know why he had downloaded the images and said he had no sexual interest in children.

Barker will be sentenced at Chester Magistrates Court on April 13.

He will remain on conditional bail until then.