Rapist’s 15 years of abus­ing girls

Victims had to re-live or­deals dur­ing trial

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A LLAN­GEN­NECH man sex­u­ally abused and as­saulted young girls over a pe­riod of more than 15 years, a court has heard.

A judge told Peter An­thony Lewis, of Tir­gof, Llan­gen­nech, he had no doubt the 54-year-old was a dan­ger­ous of­fender who poses a sig­nif­i­cant risk to girls in the fu­ture.

A LLAN­GEN­NECH man sex­u­ally abused and as­saulted young girls over a pe­riod of more than 15 years, a court has heard.

A judge told Peter An­thony Lewis he had no doubt the 54-year-old was a dan­ger­ous of­fender who poses a sig­nif­i­cant risk to girls in the fu­ture, and an ex­tended sen­tence was nec­es­sary to pro­tect the pub­lic from him.

Lewis sub­jected the young­sters to a cat­a­logue of hor­rific at­tacks, in­clud­ing re­peated rapes and sex­ual as­saults.

Po­lice have praised the courage of his victims in com­ing for­ward – and are urg­ing any­one who has con­cerns about contact they or some­one they know may have had with the de­fen­dant over the years to contact them.

Swansea Crown Court heard the abuse meted out by Lewis has had a pro­found ef­fect on the girls’ emo­tional and psy­cho­log­i­cal well-being.

Lewis, of Tir­gof, Llan­gen­nech, Car­marthen­shire, had pre­vi­ously been con­victed at trial of 15 counts of rape of a child un­der 13, as­sault by pen­e­tra­tion, sex­ual as­sault, in­cit­ing a child to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity, and mak­ing in­de­cent images of chil­dren when he ap­peared in the dock for sen­tenc­ing.

The not guilty pleas meant his victims had to go through the or­deal of re-liv­ing their abuse in court.

The court heard de­tails of state­ments from the victims which de­scribed the im­pact of the abuse on them, in­clud­ing anxiety, panic at­tacks, trou­ble sleep­ing, lack of trust in peo­ple and, in the case of one girl, episodes of self­harm.

Judge Keith Thomas told the de­fen­dant he had no doubt he should be con­sid­ered a dan­ger­ous of­fender, and that an ex­tended sen­tence was nec­es­sary to pro­tect the pub­lic.

Lewis was sen­tenced to a 27-year ex­tended sen­tence con­sist­ing of 21 years in cus­tody with a sixyear ex­tended li­cence pe­riod.

The de­fen­dant can be con­sid­ered for pa­role af­ter he has served two-thirds of the 21-year cus­to­dial el­e­ment, but it will be for the Pa­role Board to de­cided if he is fit to be re­leased.

Lewis will be a reg­is­tered sex of­fender for the rest of his life, and he was also made the sub­ject of an in­def­i­nite sex­ual harm pre­ven­tion or­der.

Speak­ing af­ter the sen­tenc­ing, Dyfed-Powys Po­lice de­tec­tive chief in­spec­tor Gareth Roberts praised the courage of the victims in com­ing for­ward to re­port the abuse, and giv­ing ev­i­dence at his trial.

He said: “The victims in this case have shown tremen­dous courage by sup­port­ing this in­ves­ti­ga­tion and giv­ing ev­i­dence at court. “With­out them, this preda­tory sex­ual of­fender would not have been brought to jus­tice.

“Lewis did not ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity and showed no re­morse for his crimes.

“The in­ves­ti­gat­ing team has been tena­cious in pur­su­ing the truth and seek­ing jus­tice for these brave girls. If any­one read­ing this has con­cerns sur­round­ing contact they, or some­one they know, has had with Lewis, I urge them to speak to us.”

He added: “We have spe­cial­ist po­lice of­fi­cers who will be there to sup­port any­one who re­ports sex­ual of­fences to us.”

An NSPCC spokesper­son said af­ter the case: “Lewis com­mit­ted a se­ries of ap­palling and grave of­fences against young chil­dren and over a pro­longed pe­riod of time.

“The dan­ger he has posed to chil­dren is re­flected in the lengthy prison term he will now serve, which we hope will pro­vide some clo­sure to the sur­vivors of the abuse.”

Can you help? Call DyfedPowys Po­lice on 101 quot­ing crime ref­er­ence DPP/0037/09/02 /2018/01/C

Peter An­thony Lewis.

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