June 2017

Paedophile who subjected victim to ‘incalculable’ harm jailed

A ‘dangerous’ paedophile who ran a local weight-loss club has been caged for almost 14 years for a ‘sustained’ campaign of sickening sexual abuse.

Anthony Beach, 40, carried out the ‘incalcuable’ abuse over eight years, whilst maintaining a facade which painted him as a popular franchisee of Abergavenny Slimming World branch, a court heard.

Sickened local people and members of the branch have voiced their disgust as ‘nice guy’ Beach’s depraved crimes came to light last week, branding him ‘sick’ and ‘depraved’.

Details of Beach’s crimes emerged when images – taken by Beach himself – were found on his computer by a former friend who had offered to repair the machine.

The shocking material uncovered a history of sexual abuse his victim estimates occurred on over 100 occasions, during which Beach tried to bribe his victim with ‘significant’ amounts of cash.

Judge Neil Bidder said Beach’s heinous crimes, which were committed in the Caerphilly area, amounted to a ‘dreadful history of abuse’ reaping ‘incalculable’ damage on his victim.

Beach pleaded guilty to 29 charges, including one of rape and 19 of sexual activity with a child.

Twelve of the latter happened when the child was under 13, and seven when he was older.

A further three charges related to Beach’s possession of indecent images of a child, some of which fell into the worst category.

The court heard that Beach harboured ‘very strong paedophilic tendencies’ towards young boys, and was considered incapable of controlling those urges, presenting ‘significant risk’ of causing ‘serious harm’.

Beach was sentenced to a total of 13 years and eight months in jail, and is subject to an extended licence period of two years and four months. He must serve more than nine years before he can be considered for release.

He is also the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and the sex offenders’ register, both indefinitely.