July 2019

Paedophile downloaded indecent images of young girls during library trip

A persistent sex offender downloaded pictures of young girls at the beach and swimming pool using a computer at a local library, a court has heard.

Raymond Thomas Evans is banned from owning a computer to access the internet by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order imposed following a previous conviction.

But when police made an unannounced visit to his home they found a laptop in his bedroom containing pictures of girls.

Swansea Crown Court heard 51-year-old Evans has a history of sexual offending including indecent assaults on young girls and possessing and making indecent images of children.

Dean Pulling, prosecuting, said on the afternoon of June 6 this year officers from the South Wales Policepublic protection department visited Evans’ home in Briton Ferry near Neath .

On his bed they found a Samsung laptop with a memory stick. The defendant told them he only used the device to watch DVDs and it did not have internet connectivity.

The court heard the laptop was taken to Cockett police station and examined and officers found it was in fact able to access the internet though there was “nothing untoward” in the browser history.

Officers also found a file containing pictures of girls aged between seven and 10 showing the youngsters at the beach or swimming pool.

Mr Pulling said the photographs were not indecent but given the defendant’s history of sexual offending the officers were concerned by the find.

In his subsequent police interview Evans said he had downloaded the pictures from computers in a public library. He said he “liked the look” of the pictures but denied obtaining sexual gratification from them.

Evans, originally from Bridgend but now of Neath Road, Briton Ferry, had previously pleaded guilty to breaching a sexual harm prevention order when he appeared in the dock for sentencing on Wednesday.

The court heard he has previous convictions for some 20 offences with all of them for sexual matters or for the breach of court orders relating to sexual offences.

In September 2011 Evans was sentenced to 42 months in prison and put on the sex offenders register for life after being convicted at Cardiff Crown Court of “a series of repeated indecent assaults” on two young girls aged under nine.

In November 2014 he was sentenced to 20 months at Swansea Crown Court for making and possessing indecent images of children, and possessing extreme pornography, and was made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order to control his access to children.

Then in January 2017 he was sentenced to two years in prison after being caught with indecent images – including of Category A, the most serious kind – on his computer when police went to his house in Glynneath . The laptop also contained software capable of deleting the internet history of the machine.

After his arrest for this matter he told officers he “could not stop himself” from looking at indecent images of children and had been doing so for “many years”. Following his conviction he was made the subject of a 10-year sexual harm prevention order which bans him from borrowing, owning, possessing or using a computer capable of accessing the internet other than one at a public library.

Judge Keith Thomas told Evans the only reason he had the photographs on the laptop was for his sexual gratification. He said he was satisfied that, given the defendant’s history of offending, a custodial sentence was appropriate.

Giving Evans a one-third credit for his guilty plea the judge sentenced him to 12 months in prison for breaching the sexual harm prevention order. The defendant will serve a half of that period in custody before being released on licence to serve the remainder in the community.