A man convicted of downloading indecent images of children ran a successful education resource website widely used here in Northern Ireland. Sparklebox is run by Samuel Kinge (formerly David Kinge) who was found guilty of making and possessing indecent images of children, including ‘abuse of babies’. He is reported to have been discovered with over 400 of these images. Samuel was sentenced on 8th January 2010 to one year in prison, of which he will serve 6 months, and restricted internet use for 15 years. He had previous similar offences. After the previous offence, he faked his own death using a social networking site (posting “Daniel Kinge died on November 18”) in order to change his name and reinvent himself.
I have reported this to the Minister for Education and yesterday tabled a question for urgent answer asking her to ensure that children in this region are not given material from this website.