Updated: Friday, 13th December 2019 @ 4:30am

'Risk to young children': Didsbury sexual deviant found with 'grotesque' child rape videos walks free from court

'Risk to young children': Didsbury sexual deviant found with 'grotesque' child rape videos walks free from court

By Henry Vaughan

A Didsbury man deemed a ‘risk to young children’, who admitted possessing a ‘grotesque’ video of child rape, walked free from court yesterday.

Mario De-Barros, 46, pleaded guilty to 21 counts of possessing a total of 691 indecent images or videos ranging from level 1 – children posing naked – to level 5 – including a 15 minute video of a man raping a young girl.

Rachel Widdecombe, prosecuting, said that other images found on a disk titled ‘Holiday 2004’ were of pictures taken by De-Barros of the underwear and swimwear of females with the outlines of women’s genitals.

“You have an unhealthy sexual interest in young girls,” said Judge Mansell on sentencing.

The defendant wept in the dock as he was sentenced to complete a three-year community order with a three-year supervision requirement.

Judge Mansell recommended De-Barros for the Northumbria Sex Offender Groupwork Programme, which he said would be ‘hard and humiliating’.

Manchester Crown Court heard that police forced entry to De-Barros’ Moorfield Road home on October 29, 2011, and found him sat at his computer in his underpants.

On searching the property a number of CDs and DVDs were recovered, 11 of which were found to contain indecent material, made between 2004 and 2007 – some were labelled as ‘Porn’ and ‘Pre-teens’.

De-Barros has a previous conviction for sexually assaulting a 39-year-old female patient at an A&E whilst she was waiting for treatment – an offence he denies despite pleading guilty.

Commenting on his previous character Judge Mansell said: “[This] shows a long-standing history of sexually deviant thoughts and behaviour and you are a risk to young children.”

A Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPA) was imposed on De-Barros to protect the public, banning him from unsupervised contact with under-16s and placing restrictions on internet-capable devices.

Michael Goldwater, defending, said the Portuguese-born IT helpdesk analyst developed an interest in pornography after discovering the file-sharing programme, Limewire, during a turbulent period in his life.

He added that the church had come to his rescue and has been supporting him ever since.

DeBarros was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years.

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Picture courtesy of Dan Strange, with thanks.