Child porn 'found on lost hard drive'

ALTERED BAIL: Hunter Aboriginal Children's Services chief executive officer Steven Andrew Larkins.
ALTERED BAIL: Hunter Aboriginal Children's Services chief executive officer Steven Andrew Larkins.

A WITNESS who found a portable hard drive in a Hunter Aboriginal Children's Services vehicle discovered the child pornography that led to the organisation's chief executive officer being charged last week, court documents revealed.

Steven Andrew Larkins's bail conditions were altered in Newcastle Local Court yesterday after the Department of Community Services (DOCS) told police that Mr Larkins may still have contact with children.

Mr Larkins, 44, formerly of Mayfield now of Stockton, did not enter a plea to possessing child pornography.

He was granted strict bail last week, but that bail was altered yesterday to ensure that he has no unsupervised contact with any children including those who may have been under Hunter Aboriginal Children's Services care.

A document tendered to the court stated that police and DOCS "hold deep concerns that Mr Larkins may still have contact with these children".

Mr Larkins told a witness that he'd misplaced a portable hard drive and was looking for it about a week before the witness found a device in one of the organisation's vehicles, a police statement said.

When the employee inserted the drive into a computer to identify its owner, they allegedly found Mr Larkins's resume and other files as well as videos and images with names such as "2 15 old boys have sex all night".

The witness alerted a manager and then police.

Fifty-one video files were found on the hard drive with police rating the material at seven out of 10 on a scale used to classify child pornography.

A rating of 10 is in the worst category.

The case was adjourned to June.