Paedophile does not receive jail sentence because he has Asperger’s syndrome

Liverpool_Crown_CourtLiverpool, UK – Allan Clarke, 28, has Asperger’s syndrome. In October 2013, police raided his home after receiving intelligence that he had 250 indecent images stored on his computer. The Liverpool Echo report that 5,243 photographs and 458 movies were found that depicted children being abused.

However, Mr Clarke  was spared jail by Judge Stephen Everett because he has Asperger’s. Instead he was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Judge Evererett told that without a diagnosis of autism;

“I would have had no hesitation whatsoever in imposing an immediate custodial sentence”.

Mr Blasbery, prosecuting, told:

“The defendant was present. When asked if he had any such material he replied ‘yes, I download it onto my netbook and then transfer it onto my laptop’.”

He also told that Mr Clarke made a “full and frank” admission to the police and pleaded guilty.

Mr Blasbery also told that 1,606 of the images were classified in Category A, which is the most serious  category, and 2,012 in Category B.

Stephen Polson, defending, told that Mr Clarke who is a night cleaner, was diagnosed with “a mild form of Asperger’s,” was full of remorse and shame.

Mr Clarke received a  two-year supervision order, a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and will be placed on the  Sex Offenders Register for five years.

Source:Neil Docking in the Liverpool Echo: Knowsley paedophile Allan Clarke spared jail because he has autism

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