January 2020

Former MP candidate downloaded sickening child abuse pictures

A former parliamentary candidate downloaded images of child abuse – and tried to wipe a laptop and phone before they were checked by police.

Jason Rutter’s crimes emerged when police discovered sick pictures were downloaded at an address in Bromsgrove.

The address was searched and, although Rutter was not there at the time, he agreed to be interviewed by officers and handed over the equipment.

Police found software had been used in an attempt to delete the abuse pictures. But they still found 150 images  – more than 30 at the most serious category A level.

Rutter, aged 49 and from Bromsgrove, admitted five counts of making indecent images of children at Hereford Crown Court in December 2019.

On Monday, January 27, he was handed an 11-month suspended sentence.

Dawn Cartwright, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “We will always seek to prosecute those who commit these types of crimes.

“Rutter has received a criminal conviction for downloading these sickening images of vulnerable children.

“He will now be registered as a sex offender for ten years and will be made subject of a device only sexual harm prevention order for ten years which means he must not delete his internet history or use the internet or social media to communicate with any person under the age of 16.”