Update: Released and living in Miskin, Mountain Ash

April 2013

Manipulative sex predator jailed for seven years

The victim of a manipulative sex predator whose only plea was for him to admit and apologise for what he had done was in court to see his abuser jailed for seven years.

Former BBC employee and manager at Memory Lane Cakes in Cardiff, 56-year-old  Stephen Thompson denied four counts of indecent assault with a male person under the age of 16 and a further count of serious sexual abuse between June 1, 1978, and October 1, 1978.

Thompson, of Albert Street,  Mountain Ash, was found guilty by a majority verdict on all counts and faced life in prison as a result.

Jailing the former printer at the BBC in Llandaff, Cardiff, Judge Richard Twomlow told Thompson: “He [the victim] was scared of you then and has been scared of you ever since.

“It was a manipulative, repeated and calculated and the buggery was the culmination of grooming. That would now be called rape.

“No force or threat was used overtly but he could not have consented because of his age. But he was too scared to resist.

“All he [the victim] wanted from you was an admission and an apology. He had neither and you have shown no remorse for your offending.

“The main focus must be the harm done and your culpability.

Judge Twomlow said  Thompson’s crimes as a 21-year-old man over a three-month period had “devastated” his victim throughout his life.

The jury heard the escalating abuse had taken place on Maerdy Mountain and at Thompson’s parents’ home.

It only came to light last year when the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, reached a crossroads in his life and he reached out to the Samaritans for help.

The court heard he had been a  bright student, but following the abuse had turned into a rebel and was always in trouble with police as a way of dealing with what had happened to him.

Thompson will be released after serving three-quarters of his sentence, unless considered for parole after serving half, and will have to sign as a sex offender for life.