Paedophile jailed for deleting web history
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