March 2017: Sewell regulary performs as a drag queen in many pubs around Newport under the name CC Quin

March 2011

Barry offender re-sentenced for breach of order

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A DRAG queen locked up in 1999 after being sentenced for four counts of rape of a boy under 16 in Barry, worked with children on his release.

Cardiff Crown court heard how Darren Sewell, of Newport, worked at gymnastics schools across South Wales for several years after he left custody.

Sewell, 27, now of no fixed abode, was banned from having contact with children as part of a sex offender’s order imposed upon him when released.

He served three years in a young offenders’ institution and was ordered to register as a sex offender indefinitely.

Cardiff Crown Court heard Sewell, a keen gymnast, began coaching at gymnastics clubs in Cardiff and Swansea.

Prosecutor Jonathan Bushell said Sewell, a drag queen at Cardiff nightclub Minsky’s, worked as a tumble coach and taught gymnastics and dance at a number of clubs, which brought him into contact with children as young as nine.

The court heard noone at any of the gymnastics clubs knew of his past or the order he was subject to over the three-year duration he was working there.

Gwent Police got a tip-off he had breached his order, in September last year, and began investigating – finding gymnastics pictures of him and children from various clubs on his Facebook account.

Sentencing Sewell to a three-year sex offender’s treatment programme, a 24-month supervision order, 300 hours unpaid work and an electronically tagged six-month curfew between 8pm and 8am

Judge David Wynn Morgan said could this order have been done within 18 months, he would have jailed him, but a 36 month jail term would have been “excessive” for this offence.