June 2021

Paedophile distributed child abuse images on messaging app

A paedophile shared horrific indecent images on a messaging app and was found in possession of material that showed “drugged” children.

Nathan Barker distributed the sickening images on the messaging app Kik and was later found in possession of more indecent material, as well as extreme porn.

The 30-year-old was eventually caught by police after they became aware he was distributing abuse images online.

Barker, of Stirling Street, off Oxford Road, Hartlepool, appeared at Teesside Crown Court on Thursday to be sentenced for distributing indecent images, making indecent images and possession of extreme pornography.

Emma Atkinson, prosecuting, said police became aware of an email address and mobile number linked to Barker, which had been “responsible for distributing category A videos to the Kik chat room”.

On February 4, last year, officers found him at his then-partner’s address and he was arrested.

His iPhone and four other devices belonging to him were also seized.

Ms Atkinson said that indecent images were found on his phone, and that they had been downloaded between December 2019 and February, last year.

The court was told that Barker had distributed two category A images, three in category B and seven in category C to Kik.

His phone contained 765 still and moving images in the most serious category, over 1,000 in category B and over 1,000 in category C.

He was also in possession of extreme pornography.

Ms Atkinson said that some of the sickening material involved children as young as four-months-old, as well as children in “pain and distress”.

She added that some material involved children who were “intoxicated or drugged”.

In police interview, Barker admitted everything, she said.

Sentencing him, Recorder David Gordon said the children involved in the images were being “horribly abused” but said Barker had shown signs of “remorse and regret”.

Barker was given a 20 month prison sentence, suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 30 rehabilitation days.

He must also complete a 90 day sex offender programme and was made subject of a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.

He will also be on the sex offender register for 10 years.