April 2018

Convicted Llanharry paedophile jailed for 16 years

A Llanharry man has been jailed for 16 years after he admitted sexually abusing three young girls over a period of almost 20 years.

David Wayne Roberts (59) pleaded guilty to 12 charges including rape, indecent assault, sexual assault, indecency with a child, causing a child to engage in sexual activity, and making indecent images of children, when he appeared at Cardiff Crown Court on March 8.

The court heard the 59-year-old’s campaign of abuse first came to light last year when two young friends – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – confided in a school councillor.

An investigation was launched after the police and the victims’ families were notified by the school, and it quickly transpired that Roberts’ offending went back even further with the one victim having been abused on multiple occasions and at various locations.

Further investigation also uncovered another victim, who was also abused as a young child back in the late 1990s.

As he was sentenced on March 29, Roberts was told by the judge: “It is easy to see that you are dangerous.”

The judge added that Roberts had committed serious sexual offences whenever the opportunity had presented itself. Referring to the victim impact statements, in which one victim described the significant phycological effect the abuse had had upon her – including causing her to self-harm and suffer from depression and PTSD – the judge said he was compelled to pass the maximum tariff.