Former chief executive of Hunter Aboriginal Children's Services jailed

THE former chief executive of Hunter Aboriginal Children’s Services has been jailed for a minimum of 19 months this afternoon.

Steven Larkins, 46, was escorted from Newcastle Local Court by two Corrective Services officers to begin serving his sentence after magistrate Ian Cheetham sentenced Larkins to a maximum of 22 months.

Larkins pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting two boys in separate incidents in 1992 and 1997 when he was a Scout leader as well as falsifying documents to obtain clearances to work with children about seven years ago, the court heard.

Larkins came to the attention of police last year when an employee of Hunter Aboriginal Children’s Services found a USB stick belonging to Larkins that had child pornography on it.

Police later seized an iPad, an iPhone and a computer that had cartoon images of child pornography on them.

He will be eligible for release in February 2014.

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