August 2020

Former Conservative Party campaign manager avoids prison for possession of indecent images of kids

A former Conservative Party campaign manager has been given a suspended sentence after he admitted possessing indecent images of children and talking to other perverts about abusing kids

Mark Lerigo, who was a campaign manager and press officer for the party in the West Midlands, was handed a 24 month prison sentence, suspended for two years when he was sentenced today 

National Crime Agency officers arrested Lerigo in November 2018.

As well as the images, investigators found a WhatsApp chat with another offender discussing the sexual abuse of children.

Lerigo had an iPad which contained a total of 1,005 illegal images including 146 category A (the most serious) abuse pictures of children, and 258 images of extreme pornography.

He also had a laptop which contained evidence of a total of 414 illegal images – including 59 category A images.

In addition to his suspended sentence, 49 year-old Lerigo was also given 40 rehabilitation days, 150 hours of unpaid work, a four month electronic curfew between 8pm and 6am and a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.

He will now also be on the sex offenders register for the next 10 years in addition to forfeiting four electronic devices and paying £670 in costs.

July 2020

Former Conservative Party campaign manager pleads guilty to child abuse image charges

A former midlands press officer for the Conservative Party has admitted possession and the distribution of indecent images of children.

Mark Lerigo, 49 of William Bristow Road, Coventry who was one of the party’s press officers for the region and a campaign manager, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to

  • Distributing indecent images of children (IIOC)

  • Three counts of making IIOC

  • One count of possessing extreme pornography involving animals

  • One count of possessing prohibited images of children

  • One count of publishing an obscene article.

National Crime Agency officers arrested Lerigo in November 2018.

As well as the images, investigators found a WhatsApp chat with another offender discussing the sexual abuse of children.

Lerigo had an iPad which contained a total of 1,005 illegal images including 146 category A (the most serious) abuse pictures of children, and 258 images of extreme pornography.

He also had a laptop which contained evidence of a total of 414 illegal images – including 59 category A images.

He will be sentenced on August 21.

The Conservative Party confirmed last month that Lerigo had been suspended from the party with immediate effect, pending the outcome of judicial proceedings.