Pae­dophile jailed for delet­ing web his­tory

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A PAE­DOPHILE who once posed as a teenage girl on­line has been sent back to prison for delet­ing his in­ter­net brows­ing his­tory.

Ni­cholas Walker breached a sex­ual of­fences preven­tion or­der im­posed in 2012 for the third time and was jailed for 20 months.

Pros­e­cu­tor Kim Hal­sall said the 48-year-old was re­quired to make avail­able all de­vices ca­pa­ble of ac­cess­ing the in­ter­net on request by po­lice.

Dur­ing a visit by of­fi­cers to Walker’s home in Maes Llewe­lyn, Aberf­fraw, last month, he pro­duced a lap­top and a mo­bile phone.

“A cur­sory in­spec­tion of the lap­top showed just one Google search had been made and the item was seized,” Ms Hal­sall told Caernar­fon Crown Court.

“The po­lice hi-tech unit found the in­ter­net his­tory had been deleted – a breach of the or­der. The ex­am­i­na­tion also found other de­vices had been plugged in and fold­ers la­belled ‘boys’ had been ac­cessed.”

Walker said he had been loaned two memory sticks con­tain­ing in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren.

Ms Hal­sall said in­quiries were on­go­ing and fur­ther charges may be brought in due course.

Dafydd Roberts, de­fend­ing, said the breach was “un­so­phis­ti­cated”, adding: “It was de­lib­er­ate but not the most se­ri­ous.

“It was a very crude at­tempt to delete the in­ter­net his­tory and one that was very easy to de­tect.”

In 2012, Walker posed on Face­book as “Vicky from Manch­ester”, a 19-year-old girl, and tricked a boy into a sex­ual act on a we­b­cam.

He later pleaded guilty to mak­ing a threat to kill and mak­ing and pos­sess­ing in­ter­net child porn, and was made the sub­ject of the sex­ual of­fences preven­tion or­der. He was also handed a sus­pended jail term.

Six months later, the sus­pended sen­tence was ac­ti­vated after staff at Plas y Wern hos­tel, Ruabon, where Walker was liv­ing at the time, be­came sus­pi­cious and po­lice found he had deleted the in­ter­net his­tory on his mo­bile.

He ad­mit­ted delet­ing the web browser his­tory on his lap­top and down­load­ing more in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren when he ap­peared in court in June last year, and he was jailed for two years.

PC Richard Dwyfor-Clark said after the sen­tenc­ing: “I am de­lighted with the sen­tence, which should re­as­sure the com­mu­nity and send a mes­sage to oth­ers who seek to view this kind of of­fen­sive ma­te­rial.”

Ni­cholas Walker, 48, breached a sex of­fences or­der for the thrid time

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