April 2013

Swinger jailed for taking 13-year-old to rural sex party

A swinger who took a 13-year-old boy to a sex party in the West Wales countryside has been jailed for four years.

Three others at the party were cleared of inciting the boy to have sex after telling the jury they believed he had been 16.

Iwan Walker, aged 24, of Penlon, Saron, near Llandysul, was convicted unanimously by a jury at Swansea Crown Court.

Judge Paul Thomas said Walker’s claim to have thought the boy to be older was “laughable” as he had known him for several years.

“You knew full well it was going to be a swingers’ party and that the object was for him to have sex with a woman of 29,” he added.

Judge Thomas said Walker had delivered the boy to people “with moral standards that were unsuitable for a boy of that age.”

Walker was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender until further notice.

The boy had been staying the night at Walker’s caravan home when Walker exchanged telephone messages with Bryan James Eccleston, 32, of Wind Street, Llandysul.

Ecclestone had earlier sent him messages urging him to have sex with his partner, Emmanie Louise Angela Hughes, 31, of the same address.

When they arrived Peter Sweetman, 32, of Cawdor Terrace, Newcastle Emlyn, was already there.

The jury heard how Hughes agreed to allow the boy to lose his virginity with her and they went upstairs and had intercourse, during which Ecclestone walked in and told him he was doing a “good job”.

The session was filmed on a camera which police later recovered.

Hughes told police she was not in the habit of asking for ID.

She told the court she did not discover the boy’s true age until she was inside Aberystwyth Police Station after being arrested two days later.

“I was horrified,” she said.

She told the jury she accepted that some people might consider her attitude towards sex to be “liberal.”

James Jenkins, prosecuting, said: “There is no doubt this group sex took place and that the boy was part of it with the active encouragement and excitement of the defendants.”

The boy was interviewed by police and told them he had been pressurised by Ecclestone to have sex with Hughes.

He told the jury: “Bryan walked in and said I was doing a good job.

“Walker came into the bedroom while I was with her.”

The court heard that after their arrests the defendants said they had had no idea the boy was as young as 13, otherwise nothing sexual would have happened.

Hughes told the jury: “I thought he was older. He told me he was 16. I had no reason to doubt what he said.

“He initiated sex.

“He was the first to ask me to go upstairs. Bryan came afterwards to see if he was ok.”

And she told police during interview, “I am not in the habit of asking for ID.”

She added, “Bryan filmed. He (the boy) filmed as well.”

Mr Jenkins said it was an agreed fact that video recovered by police showed Hughes having sex with Walker and that Ecclestone, Sweetman and the boy were in the room at the same time.

Hughes was also cleared of knowingly engaging in sexual activity with a child