2010: Released, but has now passed away

August 2001

Paedophile jailed for mobile home rape

A man has been jailed for 10 and a half years for luring children into his mobile home where he raped and indecently assaulted them.

Retired rail worker Reginald Tagoe, 49, from Barry near Cardiff, befriended the girls’ parents and then arranged to take their children for swimming lessons.

During his trial at Swansea Crown Court , the jury heard that he was touring Pembrokeshire in a converted ambulance in which he assaulted the girls – two aged nine and one aged 10.

Sentencing Tagoe at Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday, Judge Gerrard Elias QC told him he was a “continuing danger to girls”.

The court heard he had been a “picture of respectability” during the trips to pool, but that his motive was to sexually abuse the girls and are now receiving counselling.

Tagoe, originally from Southampton, was arrested in February after one of his victims broke down and told her parents what had happened.

The bachelor denied two charges of rape and three of indecent assault, but was found guilty last month.

Judge Elias told him: “There is no doubt you are a continuing danger to girls under 16.

“It is clear from the evidence that you set out to attack these young girls.

“You persuaded their parents to entrust children to your care. You abused that trust and sexually abused the girls.

“The age of the victims and the fact it was repeated aggravates the position. I also note that you have showed no remorse whatsoever.”

Mr Elias said he was giving a substantial prison sentence to protect children from men like Tagoe.

Hywel Hughes, defending, said the paedophile’s permanent home at Dafydd Place in Barry, had been vandalised following his arrest and he could not return.

“He is a lonely man who has little contact with his former partners. He has lost everything,” Mr Hughes said.

He was a “particularly lonely individual who craves the attention of other people.”

He claimed Tagoe, who used crutches to go into court and sat in a wheelchair during his trial, suffered from poor health and a prison sentence would affect his life expectancy.

He was ordered to register as a sex offender for an indefinite period.

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