Lonely mum who ran Facebook fetish page had sick child abuse pics on account

A "lonely" mum who ran a fetish Facebook page where she posted images of herself had pictures of young children being abused by adults on her phone.

Mother-of-two Julie Barnes, 57, from Widnes, Cheshire, ran an explicit now-deleted Facebook page under the pseudonym "Rosie Cheek", the Liverpool ECHO reports.

Police became aware of suspicious activity on an explicit Facebook page which Barnes ran, before officers traced the IP address to her home and attended on December 23, 2021.

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She was spoken to and denied all knowledge of the images, but a Samsung phone was seized from her. Barnes was not arrested but her phone was analysed and the images discovered were "cached", meaning they had been deleted.

The pictures were not accessible to her at that time, but they had been accessed by her previously, though it could not be determined exactly when.

Mr Jones told the court the images showed girls between seven and nine years old being sexually abused by an adult man, and a five- or six-year-old-boy suffering sexual abuse by a woman.

Barnes was interviewed in September 2022 and provided a prepared statement where she accepted being sent the images on her Facebook "fetish" account.

Mr Derek Jones, prisecuting, said there was no evidence of Barnes searching for images of this nature herself, and that May 2021 was the last time it could be confirmed that she had accessed the images she had been sent.

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In total, she was found with six category A images, eight category B images and 33 category C images. Included were three prohibited images described as CGI cartoons or drawings.

She has no previous convictions of any kind. Jim Smith, defending, reiterated that his client did not seek out these images, but did wholly accept her wrongdoing.

He said the situation came about because of her loneliness and isolation due to mental and physical health difficulties.

She appeared at Liverpool Crown Court today (Thursday, February 23) and pleaded guilty to one count of possessing indecent images of children, three counts of making indecent images of children, and one count of possessing prohibited images of children.

A community order was imposed for 18 months, and Barnes was ordered to complete 20 rehabilitation activity days. She will also be subject to a sexual harm prevention order and notification requirements for five years.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.


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