June 2018

Paedophile got a job with access to children and planned to rape one

A “devious” paedophile managed to get a job which allowed him contact with children, a court has heard.

Dean Paul Murphy did not disclose his previous convictions to bosses – but was spotted by an off-duty officer who saw him at his place of work, and recognised him as a sex offender.

Murphy later said he planned to rape one of the children he had come into contact with, a young boy.

Swansea Crown Court heard the defendant had previously been given a suspended prison sentence for making and possessing indecent images of children, and was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order banning him from contacting or communicating with children.

Hannah George, prosecuting, said 28-year-old Murphy did not disclose this background when he subsequently applied for a job.

The court heard he had been working at that job for a number of months when, by chance, an off-duty police officer walked into his place of work – and recognised him.

The defendant’s house was subsequently searched, and officers found three mobile phones Murphy had not declared to police – on them were scores of indecent photographs and films of children, including 49 classified as Category A, the most extreme kind.

In subsequent interviews Murphy said he did not take the job with the intention of getting access to children, and he described the contact he got as “a bonus”.

He also disclosed that the access to the children sexually aroused him, and his plan was to rape one of them.

Murphy, of Sand Lane, Briton Ferry , had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching a sexual harm prevention order and three counts of possessing indecent images of children when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.

Barrister Craig Jones, for Murphy, said his client had been “brutally honest” in his admissions.

Judge Keith Thomas told Murphy he had deliberately sought out contact with children, and was engaged in “ever more devious ways of offending”.

The judge said knowing all he did about the defendant he was satisfied he should be categorised as a dangerous offender, and an extended sentence was necessary to protect the public.

Murphy was given a 10-year extended sentence comprising five years in custody, and five years out on licence – a licence that can be revoked at any time by the Secretary of State.

He must serve the full five years in custody unless he can persuade the parole board to release him at the two-thirds point of the sentence.

Murphy was also made the subject of a new sexual harm prevention order which will run for the rest of his life.