October 2019

Paedophile with ‘lust for young boys’ raped two after showering them with gifts

A man with a “lust for young boys” raped two youngsters after grooming them and showering them with gifts.

Brian Andrew Rhys was convicted by a jury of 11 counts of indecency with a child, five counts of indecent assault of a male, five counts of a serious sexual assault, 12 counts of rape of a child under 13, a count of a sexual assault of a child under 13, and one count of witness intimidation.

The offending involved two young boys dating between 1982 and 2018.

Swansea Crown Court heard how “manipulative and arrogant” Rhys, 53, had groomed them and “showered them with gifts” before raping them.

One victim impact statement read: “I have had to carry this deep dark secret since being abused during childhood for more than 30 years. It is a heavy burden to bear and has affected my life and my mental health.

“Despite all that I know when he is convicted it brings a new chapter in my life. I will now look forward instead of back. The secret is a secret no more.”

A statement from his other victim read: “When I was told by my mother the defendant had been convicted I felt very happy and slept well that night. It was the best I had slept since I can remember.

“What he did affected my confidence and my schooling and caused stress and anxiety. I feel absolutely terrible about the things he did to me.”

Sentencing Rhys, Judge Paul Thomas QC said: “Over a period of around 30 years you systematically and calculatedly sexually violated two young boys.

“In each case you used the trust placed in you to look after them to allow you to your wicked ends using grooming behaviour and showering them with gifts. You took steps to get each of them on their own and raped them over a long period of time.

“It is clear from watching you give evidence you are wholly unrepentant. You will maintain your innocence for the purposes of your family. You’re manipulative and arrogant and believed in your ability to pull the wool over people’s eyes.

“Your sexual tastes are deep-rooted. You clearly have a lust for young boys.”

Rhys, of of Banwell Street in Morriston, Swansea, was given a 30-year extended sentence comprising 24 years in prison and further a six years on extended licence.

A sexual harm prevention order was made and he must sign the sex offenders register.