So, who did the damage? Politician who complained about ‘lenient’ child-porn sentence – or politician who downloaded it?

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A Welsh politician has been accused of damaging his party’s reputation after criticising the non-custodial sentence given to another politician who had a collection of child pornography.

Simon Thomas resigned as a regional Assembly member for Mid and West Wales when he was arrested in 2018.

He later received a six month prison sentence suspended for two years and was placed on the sex offenders register after pleading guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children.

Police are said to have found more than 600 indecent pictures and videos on an iPad and a mobile phone when they raided Thomas’ home –  150 in the highest category of illegal images.

Responding to what he saw as the lenient nature of the sentence Mr Neil McEvoy, an Independent Assembly Member, tweeted: “This sentence is all wrong. How is this protecting children? How can you avoid jail when you have images of extreme child abuse? This has to be reviewed. Where’s the justice for his victims?”

Mr McEvoy is a leading supporter of the battle against Parental Alienation. 

WalesOnline reported that an anonymous complaint about Mr McEvoy is due to be considered by Plaid Cymru.

The complaint says that Mr McEvoy’s tweet could seriously damage the reputation of Plaid Cymru.

However, Plaid member Dewi Evans, is reported as saying: “It seems to me that those complaining about Neil McEvoy have lost the plot. His comments about the lenient sentence given to Simon Thomas were perfectly fair. It is extraordinary that it is he who is accused of bringing Plaid Cymru into disrepute rather than Simon Thomas.”

An NSPCC Cymru spokesperson said: “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.”

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