September 2015

Ex-church leader turned DJ jailed for breaking ban on being with children


A former church leader in a Welsh village has been jailed for breaking a ten-year ban on being with children to set himself up as a party entertainer called DJ Phoenix.

Ex-pastor Ceri John Rees, 35, began working as a DJ at caravan parks despite being a convicted sex offender banned from being around children.

Rees had practised as a priest at his village church in Lower Cwmtwrch, Swansea Valley, until he was jailed for seducing a 15-year-old girl.

But after he was released, he changed his name to Dafydd to begin a new life working as the children’s entertainer DJ Phoenix.

Merthyr Crown Court heard how the convicted paedophile paraded in his colourful costume as a singer and entertainer mingling with children.

Rees spent four years in prison after a string of sex attacks on a minor at Lower Cwmtwrch Mission Church in the Swansea Valley, Powys.

He had misquoted the Bible to seduce a 15-year-old girl – telling her it was “perfectly normal to have a union of the flesh on a physical level”.

He was jailed in 2009 after admitting 14 charges of sexual activity with a child.

As part of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order Rees was banned from any “social group, event or youth club” involving under 16s for 10 years after his release in 2012.

But he applied to work for an events company as DJ Phoenix – and was booked for family parties and charity events.

Rees, now of Trecynon, Aberdare, pleaded guilty to three counts of breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and was jailed for two years.

Rees’s case is one of those raised by ­thousands of desperate parents each month with whistleblowing group the UK Database.

The organisation is lobbying for police and ­probation ­services to do more to stop child sex ­offenders working with kids when they leave prison.

The self-funded UK Database allows parents, teachers, and other ­members of the community to ­report known child sex offenders for working with children.

November 2010

Paedo pastor quoted Bible during teen sex

A PAEDOPHILE Swansea Valley preacher quoted verses from the bible while having sex with a 15-year-old girl in a back room of his church, a Crown Court has been told.

Thirty-year-old Ceri John Rees, the pastor of the Lower Cwmtwrch Mission Church, also tied the youngster up so he could play out sick rape fantasies and filmed and took hundreds of photographs of himself abusing the teenager during the eight-month period before he was discovered.

Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard how the married father-of-three, who at the time of the offences was living in Ystradgynlais’ Spencer Terrace, even spewed out sections of the marriage ceremony as he carried out horrific sex acts on the girl in the church study.

Depraved Rees, who claimed he is addicted to pornography, also had sex with the girl in the bed and living rooms of the house he shared with his wife and family as well as in his car.

Rees even secretly bought sex toys to use on himself and the girl while on a family shopping trip to Sheffield.

The court was told how Rees began sending suggestive text messages to the girl in March 2009, when she was just 14.

Within weeks, he had persuaded her to take part in non-penetrative sex.


When the girl turned 15, Rees – who told the youngster he would marry her when she reached 18 – seduced her into having full intercourse and indulging his sick fantasies.

Rees had sex with girl twice a week for almost six months, insisting she dispose of his used condoms far away from the church to avoid him being discovered.

After his arrest, Rees said of his relationship with the girl, that in the beginning it was “lust, nothing more, nothing less”.

Rees admitted 14 specimen charges of engaging in sexual activity with a child, and taking and making indecent images of a child. Describing Rees as a danger to teenage girls, Judge Christopher Vosper QC jailed him for four years, ordered his name be added to the sexual offenders register and banned him from working with children under the age of 16 for 10 years.