Barlow sentenced for possession of child exploitation material

Former Port Lincoln musician Samuel Barlow has been sentenced to 18 months of home detention, avoiding jail time.

Mr Barlow appeared in the Adelaide District Court on Wednesday August 4 after pleading guilty to the possession of more than 800 images of child exploitation material.

The images were discovered on his mobile phone following a search of Mr Barlow's home in November 2018 by police.

During sentencing, Judge Stretton said police reviewed about 1000 images stored on the phone, determining 837 to be child exploitation material.

"Following a further scan of the remaining images, police confirmed that the majority were also child exploitation material," he said.

The court heard Mr Barlow had undergone treatment from a psychologist since 2019, and that his psychologist said Mr Barlow was at no risk of re-offending.

Judge Stretton then announced the court would impose a single sentence of 18 months imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 10 months, to be served as home detention.

Mr Barlow will also be required to perform 300 hours of community service, be subject to electronic monitoring and cannot drink or take drugs.

"You have actively and successfully rehabilitated yourself and given up the alcohol that provided a context for your offending," said Judge Stretton.

"Your offending is serious. You have pled guilty, sought extensive treatment and no longer represent a likelihood of reoffending."

Judge Stretton concluded sentencing by warning Mr Barlow to remain "vigilant" to ensure he never committed "any offence of this nature again".