January 2020

“Angel eyes” paedophile fantasist starting two year jail term

A 49-year-old fantasist claimed to an online paedophile hunter that local parents saw him as a “superhero” who’d prevented a woman from being raped a court heard on Friday.

But the man who portrayed himself as having “angel eyes” is now starting a two-year jail term after he admitted attempting to arrange a child sex offence and possessing 165 extreme porn images involving animals.

Caernarfon crown court was told Richard Roberts had been confronted by vigilantes at his home in Lon Ogwen, Bangor, after messaging a woman who set up a fake Facebook profile for a girl of twelve.

Prosecutor Ffion Tomos said Roberts told her he wanted to be the first person she kissed, explained what “horny” meant, and discussed sex with her.

“The conversation developed. The defendant wanted to travel to Liverpool to meet with that twelve-year-old.

He said they would stay together in a tent,” counsel said.

Roberts also suggested he could live with the “girl” and her mother in Liverpool and she could sneak in his bed and have sex with him, Miss Tomos alleged. He sought snaps of the youngster in the shower.

Roberts told police, after the vigilantes confronted him in January 2019, that he knew it was a paedophile hunter online and his conversation had been a “wind up.” But three mobile phones were examined and one had a screen-save image of the online “decoy.”

Roberts was ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years and a sexual harm prevention order was made for the same period.

Judge Huw Rees told him the intended recipient of his “gravely unhealthy sexual attention” was a child of twelve.

“Your perverted interests are further displayed in your possession of extreme pornographic images,” the judge declared.

Roberts had shown “distorted sexual thoughts,” he added

December 2019

Pervert warned he faces prison

A man has been warned he could be jailed after admitting charges of attempting to arrange a child sex offence.

Richard Roberts, of Lon Ogwen, Bangor was told all options remain open after a judge at Caernarfon Crown Court agreed to adjourn sentence for the preparation of reports.

The 49-year-old admitted attempting “to arrange or facilitate an act which would involve the commission of an offence” on a child under 13 at Chester in January this year. He also admitted a charge of inciting a child to engage in sexual behaviour.

Roberts also pleaded guilty to possessing 165 images of an extreme pornographic nature when he was arrested by police on January 26.

Adjourning sentence, Judge Huw Rees said: “You have had the good sense to plead guilty and I direct a pre-sentence report be prepared.

“By doing so I give no indication as to what the sentence will be. All options remain open and you should prepare yourself for custody.”

Roberts was granted bail until a sentence hearing in the New Year.

He was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register before leaving court.