The court heard Winters has convictions for 18 offences – all of a sexual nature – including one for exposing himself and performing a sex act in front of a young girl on the Millennium Coastal Path, exposing himself in Gorslas Park, and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child. He also has convictions for breaching court orders, and for failing to promptly tell the police about his change of name from Scott Aaron Williams.
The court heard when Winters had completed his Vue Cinema job application he had filled in the section about “convictions” with a list of things he had not been convicted of such as theft, but did not mention any of his sex offence convictions.
Francis Jones, for Winters, said the defendant had spent 10 weeks in prison on remand since his arrest, and when granted his liberty was hoping to return to the line of work where he had previously found employment – working in a call centre.
Judge Geraint Walters told the defendant: “For a relatively young man you have got a pretty awful record for just one thing – sexual offences.
“Your deviant sexual behaviour goes back to a time when you were a teenager. All the signs are suggesting that you are a committed paedophile.”
The judge said the sentencing options open to him were to imprison Winters for a relatively short period, or to order him to complete a sex offenders’ course – something that hitherto had not been done despite the defendant’s record.
Winters was sentenced to a three-year community order – the longest available – with a rehabilitation and sex offenders’ programme requirement.
The judge told him that he either “put his back” in to the rehabilitation course to address his problems, or he could look forward to spending “lots of time inside in the coming years”.
Referring to Winters securing employment with Vue, the judge said it was “astonishing” that suspicions had not been raised by the way he answered the conviction question on the application form.