Denounce Lax Sentence for Pedophile

Target: Recorder Martin Butterworth

Goal: Condemn lenient sentence given to pedophile who wants to have children.

A U.K. man found with thousands of child pornography images and videos avoided jail time after claims that he wanted to start his own family. Recorder Martin Butterworth sentenced Richard Arrowsmith to 10 months in prison suspended for two years, meaning if he does not break the law over the next two years, he does not have to serve the time. This man committed a disgusting crime by fueling this deplorable industry and should be punished with time in prison.

Butterworth made his decision based off the fact that this man has a supportive wife (though she did not show up at his hearing) and steady job on top of his family aspirations. The judge also noted that Arrowsmith pleaded guilty and had no previous convictions. The 41-year-old white man was in possession of 137,000 images and over 4,300 videos of child pornography. He said he had been taking part for “four or so” years in this unforgivable act. Though there were thousands of files they did not have time to sort through, police identified 400 videos that belonged to the worst category for this offense with many others falling in slightly lesser categories.

Arowsmith was ordered to pay £250 as well as perform 160 hours of volunteer work. He cannot leave his house between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. and is not allowed to work with children. He was even ordered to sign the sexual offenses register, yet Arrowsmith says he wants to have children of his own. Having his own child means he would sometimes come in contact with other parents’ children. This man should not even be allowed to live near school zones or parks. Sign this petition to denounce the judge for letting this pedophile escape prison time.


Dear Mr. Butterworth,

Your recent decision to let Richard Arrowsmith avoid jail time for his possession of child pornography is inexcusable. This is a sickening offense that should be punished with hard time, yet you’ve shown pedophiles in your jurisdiction that they can get away with their crimes. Your sentencing was far too lax and did not recognize child pornography for the true evil that it is.

Just because a man has never been caught before and has a loving wife does not mean he is not dangerous. The volume of illegal files this man had downloaded shows that this was a huge hobby of his. He should not be allowed to have children because he should not even be allowed to be around them, their schools, and their playgrounds. Your inability to properly give this man a deserving sentence negates the millions of children who have been affected by these crimes.


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One Comment

  1. Angela Hopkins says:

    This man should serve his full sentence out and after he gets treated “fairly” by other inmates, if he makes it out, he’ll think twice!

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