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Barry Watters

Barry Watters

Barry Watters

A sex offender has been sent back to jail for breaching the conditions of a suspended sentence after a judge heard the man went to a public swimming pool which young children attend.

Barry Watters (38) also described a sexual fantasty involving a 14-year-old girl he met in an amusement arcade to his probation officer.

In 2012, Watters received a four-year sentence with the final year suspended on strict conditions after he was caught repeatedly with child pornography.

Yesterday Judge Martin Nolan activated the suspended portion of the sentence after hearing evidence that Watters has breached the court order.

In October 2012, Watters pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three counts of possession of child pornography at his former rented accommodation in Ongar, Dublin 15 on December 7, 2011.

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The majority of the 81 child pornography images seized by gardai in this case were high quality "anime" cartoons depicting children engaged in explicit sexual activity. About 20 images depicted children.

Watters was arrested in Dublin city centre last month over an allegation that he had exposed himself in public. The court heard that this matter is still under investigation.

Probation Officer Janice McCabe told Ronan Kennedy BL, prosecuting: "His behaviour has deteriorated. We're not confident in supervising him."

She said in a text message sent last month Watters called her a "b**ch" and a "rat" and continued: "I will have my day. I will rise with the flames of hell behind me. The devil will help me."

She said a decision was taken then by the Probation Service to bring Watters to court for breaching conditions of his suspended sentence.

Watters was released last March and later that month he made a request to use a Dublin city council swimming pool, she said.

He was told that was inappropriate because children regularly use that pool. Ms McCabe said that Watters definitely had an issue with this.

She said he went to this pool on two occasions but later agreed to use a YMCA pool during adult only hours.

Last October Watters told the probation officer that he had been in an amusement arcade when a young girl, aged about 14, asked him the time. He said that he began asking her about the pop band One Direction and X-Factor to keep her talking.

He told Ms McCabe that if the girl had asked him to go somewhere he'd have "jumped at the chance" and went on to say what he'd have done to her sexually.

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