Former Labour Councillor Avoids Jail After Downloading 290,000 Indecent Images Of Children

Published on 30 July 2020 by Kirsty

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The Pervert Downloaded Indecent Images Of Children Including Videos Of Girls As Young As 12-Year-Old Being Raped.

Roger Spackman 50, downloaded over 290,000 indecent images of children.

A former Labour Party councillor has avoided serving time in prison, after being handed a suspended sentence for downloading over 290,000 indecent images of children from an illegal online chat network.

Roger Spackman (50), who was a Labour councillor on Exeter City Council until he was arrested in 2017, was found to have 290,672 indecent images of children across 68 devices. Dozens of the pictures depicted children being raped, with dozens more showing non-penetrative sexual activity with children—thousands more featured children in sexual poses.

The pictures featured girls as young as seven years old and many of pre-teen age. Spackman was found to have searched on the internet for keywords such as “pre-teen, tiny teen, under-age, kids’ bras, and Lolita”, according to the local news outlet DevonLive.

There were also pictures of young girls that had male genitalia photoshopped in, so that they appeared to be performing sexual acts. Spackman had been working at a secure children’s home at the time he started collecting the child pornography.

The former Labour councillor pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images and two counts of possessing prohibited or extreme images.  Spackman claimed that the abuse he suffered as a child was the motivating factor behind his paedophilic impulses.

Spackman will most likely avoid serving any time in prison, however, as he was handed a ten-month prison sentence, which was suspended for two years. That means that if he abides by the conditions of his sentence, he will remain free.

Judge Peter Johnson did mandate that Spackman be added to the sex offenders’ register as well as being given a sexual harm prevention order, which permits police to monitor his internet activities. The two conditions will be in place for ten years.

The paedophile will also be required to attend 40 days of rehabilitation services and pay a £420 in fees.