FORMER Plaid Cymru AM Simon Thomas has received a 26 week suspended sentence for two years after admitting to making indecent images of children.
The former AM had pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children – some involving children as young as six.
It is understood that Thomas had made more than 500 indecent photographs and more than 70 films of children – with almost 100 of them in highest category of illegal images.
The former politician who was also Deputy Director of Morgan Academy at Swansea University was given a 26 week, suspended sentence for a period of 2 years, and will be registered on the sex offenders register for the next seven years.
Thomas claimed in court that loneliness and absence from his family had got into a ‘trap from which it was very difficult to escape’.
NSPCC Cymru reacted to the decision by saying:”Ridding images like these from the internet’ must be a priority:
“Within these images are young victims of abuse and by possessing them, Thomas has fuelled the demand in this awful trade. It is not a victimless crime.
“His actions betrayed the trust placed in him by the communities he represented at Cardiff Bay and Westminster and it’s now extremely important that he receives appropriate rehabilitation as part of his sentence. Ridding images like these from the internet must be a priority for tech companies, government and law enforcement.”