The official biography of the disgraced Plaid AM Simon Thomas is being still displayed – unamended – on the Welsh Assembly website despite his having pleaded guilty to serious charges relating to child pornography  – and the fact that he has now resigned as an Assembly Member

A suspended 26-week sentence on former Plaid Cymru Assembly Member Simon Thomas  has been criticised as being “ridiculously lenient” by Andrew R T Davies (Conservative AM for South Wales Central – which includes Penarth) .

Simon Thomas – who resigned his seat in July as AM for Mid and West Wales –  received a  “suspended sentence” – (meaning that he does not have to go to jail) after pleading guilty to  making more than 500 illegal photographs and 77 videos .

Mold Magistrates’ Courts heard the indecent photographs were found on his tablet and mobile phone – which included almost 100 of the most serious category.

Andrew R T Davies (Conservative South Wales Central which includes Penarth)

Andrew RT Davies is  now urging the Attorney General to review the case. Mr Davies says  “This sentence is absurd given the horrific nature of the crimes.”

Simon Thomas had also served as a Plaid MP for Ceredigion from 2000 to 2005.

The judge at Simon Thomas’s trial  Justice Gwyn Jones decided not to impose an immediate custodial term.  He told Thomas “You have lost your good character, you have caused a significant amount of pain and trauma to your family and, to put it bluntly, a significant fall from grace” .

Thomas will have to attend a rehabilitation course involving counselling and will be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for 7 years. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £115 surcharge.

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  1. Kevin Mahoney says:

    One really has to wonder what you have to do to go to jail these days?

    • The Tax payer says:

      Take a bag of sugar from the corner shop or park on yellow lines. Unless your an MP. Not really into politics but RT Davies is right this has got to be a joke and it makes me so mad when I see things like this

      • The Tax payer says:

        Thinking about it people get to more than £200 for speeding. This really has got to be a joke or the Jude has lost the plot.

  2. Taffy says:

    For the first time I can agree with RT. These were serious offences, a breach of trust and for which others have been jailed. Perhaps this case can be referred back as too lenient.

  3. Peter Church says:

    Please can people stop using the term Pornographer, this is not Pornography they are child abuse images.

  4. I bet Davies would have something different to say if it was a member of his own party.

  5. Andrew Worsley says:

    Not all Asians then ? where does it stop ? Priests , MPs etc , etc all found guilty at some level of similar behaviour.

  6. mikeyorke says:

    Wow. Unbelievable. Should be locked up no question. And what a paltry fine

  7. Lesley Monger says:

    This man is sick and should be punished and put on the sex offenders register

  8. Louise C says:

    Apparently the attorney general can’t review sentences handed out by the Magistrates Court. I believe this criminal had previously served as a Magistrate. Funny old world, eh?

  9. WTF says:

    He has made over 70 child abuse videos. In each one of those videos there will be at least one real victim. The sentence is an absolute joke. You get more for speeding.
    I seriously hope the Attorney General sends him to jail- and preferably throws away the key. No children are safe near this vile character. I couldn’t care what party he stands for. He’s a serious peadophile and should be treated as such. * Dangerous* and needs locking up!

    • Penarthur says:

      By “making” they usually mean just downloading and saving. You survey don’t imagine he filmed them himself and got away with it?

  10. Jm says:

    Am also in agreement with RT, this so-called sentence makes no sense, and so what if Seimon Thomas has had a ‘fall from grace’ and had felt lonely – wonder how the victims of recorded child abuse feel about that ? Am not in favour of jail for everything but in this instance the guy sought out numerous instances of the most serious category of image – and still avoids jail as a consequence? Don’t forget on the same day in North Wales 5 guys were banged up for bus ticket fraud – 4 of them got 7 years, and one, who was just a driver and doing what he had been told to do and derived no benefit from the fraud, was also jailed for a year …… now, am not defending the dodgy bus crew, but – HUH ???

  11. WTF says:

    If he used to be a Magistrate that makes it even worse!
    Why weren’t these aggravating factors considered by the Judge?
    Also, why wasn’t the case sent to Crown Court due to its seriousness?
    This goes against the sentencing guidelines.
    Beggars belief!

  12. Christopher David says:

    I think the sentencing magistrates should be tried in the Crown Court. Something smells here and it’s a blatant misjustice.

  13. snoggerdog says:

    naughty steps getting mighty crowded.

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