October 2018

Former Plaid Cymru MP admits to making more than 600 indecent images of children

A former MP has pleaded guilty to making more than 600 indecent pictures and videos of children.

Simon Thomas, 54, admitted three counts of making indecent images of children when he appeared at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

The court heard 150 pictures and videos, found at the home of the former Plaid Cymru Welsh Assembly member in July, were in the highest category of illegal images.

Father-of-two Thomas pleaded guilty to making 94 still and 56 moving images of category A, 87 still and 16 moving images of category B, and 354 still and five moving images of category C.

“All sentencing options are open,” District Judge Gwyn Jones warned Thomas before he adjourned the hearing for a pre-sentence report.

Thomas was ordered to surrender his passport to police and was prohibited from having unsupervised contact with children below the age of 16.

District Judge Jones said: “The fact the court has adjourned today for a report should not be taken as an indication of any predetermined sentence.

“This includes custody or the case being sent to the crown court.”

Thomas, from Penparcau, Aberystwyth, was granted conditional bail until he appears at Mold Magistrates’ Court on October 31.

He resigned from Plaid Cymru and from his role as the Welsh Assembly member for Mid and West Wales after he was arrested in July.

Thomas, a former librarian, was MP for Ceredigion between 2000 and 2005. He was also in the running to become Plaid Cymru leader but dropped out before Leanne Wood won the contest.