August 2018

Welsh Government lawyer jailed for child sexual abuse

A former Welsh Government lawyer and a former police officer carried out horrific sex attacks on “a number of very young children”.

Police said their investigation into the two men “uncovered extremely disturbing child abuse evidence”.

Lawyer John Guess, 43, preyed on young girls then shared pictures and videos of his abuse on the internet with other paedophiles.

Guess – who was a senior lawyer advising the Welsh Government on legal matters – abused two girls and filmed the attacks to share online.

A court heard he also took photos of children getting changed at swimming pools or on the beach and up the skirts of girls as they walked to school.

Prosecutor James Wilson said: “He has a long standing sexual interest in young girls.

“He was deeply involved with other like-minded individuals on social media and they shared child abuse images.

“He was part of a network of like-minded individuals who would use messenger groups and there were a number of discussions about their shared interest in abusing children.”

Mr Wilson said that in one chat Guess – also known as John Ryan-Guess – was sent a picture of two young girls in swimsuits by another paedophile.

He replied: “That first one would be great to rape”.

Guess – of Elm Close, Trowbridge, Wiltshire – was sentenced to 26 years and told he must serve at least 20 of them behind bars.

Sentencing, Judge Eleri Rees told him: “You have held a perverted interest in young interest in young girls since you were a young man.

“Over the course of 10 years you harvested a large collection of indecent images. They were organised into collections in a considered and calculated fashion.

“You have become a sexual predator, taking advantage of any opportunity to take indecent images of children.

“Had you not been arrested it would only be a matter of time and opportunity that you would proceed to rape children.

“You seek to corrupt children by inciting them to engage online in sexual activity for your own gratification.

“You have become accustomed to ignoring the normal social boundaries and taboos which might inhibit others.”

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “The individual concerned is no longer employed by the Welsh Government.”

Dean Roberts, 48, of Bridgend who was employed as a police officer with South Wales Police before his dismissal, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of rape and five indecent assaults. All of Roberts’ offences were against young children.

It comes after South Wales Police’s paedophile online investigation team (POLIT) launched an investigation into the activities of Guess after intelligence was received concerning predatory activity by an adult male in an online chat room.

A warrant was issued and Guess was subsequently arrested. Upon further investigation, evidence was also uncovered concerning the behaviour of Roberts who was also arrested.

Roberts was formally dismissed from South Wales Police after a special case hearing held by the Chief Constable on June 14, having previously resigned from the force on May 29.

The investigation has led to further arrests across England as well as overseas.