September 2013

Prison for rapist who preyed on young girls


A SWANSEA man who raped young girls has been jailed for 12 years and told he will have to report to police for the rest of his life, after being branded a “high risk of serious harm to children”.

Sean Patrick Meehan admitted four charges; one specimen charge of rape on a child under 13 between 2008 and 2012; two further charges of rape against children under the age of 13 in 2009, and a sexual assault on a child under the age of 13.

He had initially pleaded not guilty to the charges when he first appeared before Swansea magistrates, but changed his plea before his trial came to a full hearing at Swansea Crown Court.

Prosecuting, John Hipkin told the court the first charge related to a girl who was aged seven.

When it emerged she had been abused, her mother asked her how many time the incidents had happened. His victim’s replied “too many”.

Mr Hipkin added: “She made clear it had happened a number of times but could not be specific, but it was abundantly clear it was more than one occasion.”

His second rape charge involved a girl aged between four and five.

The court was told the sexual assault took place on a girl while on a bus, and which “would have been witnessed by other young children who were present”.

Sentencing Meehan, Judge Mervyn Hughes QC said: “You systematically abused them. What you did was a gross abuse of trust they placed in you. You have a lack of insight into your offending and a have a distorted view of sexual relationships.

“You will not be released until the parole board decides it is no longer necessary for the protection of the public.”