July 2020

Dad felt he’d failed as a parent after ‘dangerous’ sex offender targeted his teenage daughter

A dad said he felt like he’d failed as a parent after a ‘dangerous offender’ groomed his underage daughter for sex.

He spoke out as Bradley Stephen Thomas Knowles was today sentenced to four years and eight months by Judge Timothy Petts at Mold Crown Court.

The 24-year-old, who appeared via video-link from HMP Berwyn, admitted two charges of sexual activity with a child aged under 16, between March 19 and April 24 this year and possession of an image of a child.

Knowles, of Blaen Cwm, Llandudno, had met the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, online before forming a sexual relationship with her, said prosecutor Myles Wilson said.

Mr Wilson said Knowles had previous offences, for battery and harassment involving young girls.

In a victim personal impact statement to the court, the child’s father told the court he felt he had “completely failed” his daughter and hadn’t protected her enough.

Despite early guilty pleas, the Judge Timothy Petts branded Knowles a “dangerous offender”.

Judge Petts said: “There is a pattern of domestic abusive behaviour and I am satisfied you are of serious risk of harm in the future.

Knowles must also serve an additional four years on licence, remain on the sex offender’s register for life, was given an indefinite restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim and a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.