March 2013

Serial paedophile walks free from court after showing porn to children

A serial sex offender has walked free from court after showing pornographic images to children.

A judge told Alun Richard Jones he presented a significant risk of serious harm to members of the public but added that this risk would be best managed with a community order.

Jones has five court appearances for 10 offences over several years, including four counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of children, exposing himself, and breaching orders imposed for those and other offences.

He is subject of a lifelong Sexual Offences Prevention Order (Sopo) and on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely,

Rachel Knight, prosecuting at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court, said that on the afternoon of Sunday, December 9 – days after being released from remand for pulling out pornographic magazines in a playground before running away when approached by an adult – Jones again showed pornographic magazines or books to two children playing in the street.

One of the children had been the victim of the earlier identical offence.

“They described him as hanging around and that he had walked up and down the street four or five times,” said Ms Knight.

Police were called when the two youngsters told their parents what had happened. Ms Knight said Jones denied any wrongdoing before he was arrested.

His home was then searched and “barely legal” porn was recovered.

Jones, 27, of Dunraven Court, Dunraven Street, Tonypandy, Rhondda, admitted breaching a Sopo – which carries a five-year maximum jail term -by approaching a child under the age of 16.

He was told by Judge Richard Twomlow that although he presented a significant risk of serious harm to members of the public a community order was the best way to protect the public.

Judge Twomlow jailed Jones for eight months, suspended for two years, with two years supervision, and ordered him to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also made the subject of a four-month electronically tagged curfew from 9pm to 7am and the Sopo limiting his contact with children was amended.

When he appeared in court previously in December for the earlier offences, Jones, described as a “thrill-seeking exhibitionist”, was again spared jail after admitting breaching the Sopo by engaging and associating with a child.

On that occasion he was told by Recorder Malcolm Bishop QC that he had been persuaded to impose a community order to allow him to have treatment for the protection of the public.

July 2007

Wattstown paedophile spared prison

A PAEODOPHILE who committed a lewd act in front of children no less than four times was spared prison, despite breaching his restraining order

Alun Jones, formerly of Wattstown, was arrested after he exposed and touched himself in front of three girls, all aged 10, in public.

Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard that 21-year-old Jones had appealed against his original sentence and was released under a three-year sex offenders’ community order.

However, before the programme could begin, Jones breached the indefinite restraining order made against him just two months after it was imposed.

Elizabeth Pearson, prosecuting, told the court that just two months after the restraining order was put in place, Jones approached the same young girls at a bus stop in Ynyshir.

“Jones asked the girls, ‘Do you think the shop will sell me a dirty magazine?’ and when the girls asked why, he told them he ‘fancied some porn’,” she said.

The girls ran off, and the one child said she recognised him from their town as ‘Alan Handbags’.

The court was told that the girl had heard he had been in trouble for sexual offences before.

In an ID parade, all three of the children picked out Jones as the man who had performed sexual acts in front of them.

Judge Eleri Rees heard from a probation officer that Jones would be able to begin a sexual offenders community programme with The Lucy Faithful Foundation within the next two months.

Judge Rees ordered Jones to carry out the three-year programme and also prohibited him from working with children under 16, living with a child under 16 or to have any unsupervised contact with them.

“If you continue to behave in this way and come back to court, it’s highly unlikely you will be given your liberty,” she said.

Jones was also given a supervision requirement for three years and ordered to reside at his address in Wattstown

July 2006

Pervert could be free in nine months

A dangerous pervert could be back on the streets within nine months. 

Alun Jones has been locked up indefinitely to protect children but could be eligible to apply for parole in just nine months. 

It is the latest case in a long line of sentencing scandals. 

Jones was jailed after he was caught performing sex acts on himself in front of young schoolgirls 

When Jones, of Wattstown, Rhondda, was stopped by police he told them: ‘I need to get my head sorted out. I just can’t stop. This needed to happen.’

Chairman of the Echo-backed campaign to increase sentences, David Fraser, said: ‘There should be no early release for someone like this so that children can be kept safe from harm.’ Pervert maybe released in nine months: A pervert who performed sex acts on himself in front of young schoolgirls has been locked up indefinitely to protect children. 

But Alun Richard Jones could be back on the streets in as little as nine months. 

The case is the latest in a long line of sentencing scandals we have reported in the Echo-backed campaign to keep criminals behind bars. 

Stop all Forms of Early Release (SAFER), launched by Monmouth MP David Davies, came in the wake of the revelation that Cardiff paedophile Craig Sweeney could be free in just five years after kidnapping and sexually assaulting a three-year-old girl. 

Jones, 20, an apprentice painter and decorator, is eligible to apply for parole in nine months and could be released if he no longer poses a risk. 

Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard one of his victims still had nightmares about what she saw. 

When officers arrested him, he told them: ‘I’m sorry, I need to get my head sorted out. I just can’t stop. This needed to happen – I just wouldn’t have stopped.’ 

The court heard Jones, of Pleasant View, Wattstown, Rhondda, lost his apprenticeship when the allegations surfaced. 

Prosecutor Owen Williams asked for a ‘wide and far-reaching’ sexual offences prevention order. 

Now, children under 16 are not allowed in his house unless they are accompanied by an adult relative, he is not allowed to go to their house unless an adult relative is with them and he must not approach children unless they are with a parent. 

Jones, who pleaded guilty to four counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of children, all girls aged 11 and 12, is also banned from going within 50 metres of a school or entering a children’s play area. 

Judge John Curran also ordered him to sign the sex offenders’ register for life. 

Judge Curran sent Jones to a young offender institution for an indeterminate term, with the minimum tariff set at nine months. 

Chairman of the SAFER campaign, David Fraser, whose book inspired Mr Davies to get the campaign off the ground, said: ‘In my experience of working in the criminal justice system, in many cases offenders who started their criminal career with this kind of sexual behaviour went on to become more dangerous offenders. 

There should be no early release for someone like this so children can be kept safe from harm.