Llanfairfechan man who repeatedly raped young girl jailed for 16 years
Peris Wyn Griffiths who also admitted possessing and downloading child porn told his offences could ‘not be more serious’
A man who repeatedly raped a young girl has been jailed for 16 years.
Peris Wyn Griffiths, of Llwyn y Gog, Llanfairfechan sat with his head bowed and frequently wept as the judge passed sentence at Caernarfon Crown Court.
Judge Huw Rees said the consequences for his victim were “far reaching, entrenched and probably permanent”.
Griffiths was jailed for a total of 12 years but the judge passed an extended sentence meaning he will spend a further four years on licence.
The court heard Griffiths, 45, had pleaded guilty to nine charges of rape, nine charges of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and two of sexual assault against a child under the age of 13 and one charge of attempted sexual assault on a child at a hearing last November.
‘These offences could not be more serious’
He also admitted four charges of distributing an indecent image of a child and one charge of possessing a total of 879 indecent images of children.
There were 155 classed at the highest category the court heard.
The charges related to offences committed between March 2009 and September 2016.
The judge added: “These offences could not be more serious and are aggravated by the dissemination of the images and must attract a substantial period of imprisonment.”
Anna Pope, prosecuting, said police officers traced several e-mail addresses, linked to the sharing of indecent images of children, to Griffiths and his home was searched last September.
Griffiths thought he was ‘untraceable’
“Various equipment was seized and the defendant was arrested and interviewed in relation to the possession of these images.
“When police became aware he had been involved in taking sharing images he was rearrested and questioned. He accepted responsibility for the material.”
Ms Pope said one of the computer hard drives seized was heavily encrypted and Griffiths had refused to provide the password for the material stored on the device to be examined.
“This device is still subject to further examination,” she said.
Simon Killeen, defending, said Griffiths accepted he faced a substantial prison sentence to reflect the seriousness of the offences.
The barrister said Griffiths had shown real remorse and had sent a letter to the judge expressing his regret.
‘He committed abhorrent abuse’
After the hearing PC Chelsea Symonds-Roberts of the North Wales Police Paedophile Online Investigation Team said: “Peris Griffiths mistakenly believed he was untraceable to law enforcement.
“He committed abhorrent abuse against a young child over a number of years. He also engaged with like-minded individuals through use of the internet, trading images and tactics in child abuse.”
Griffiths was told he will be placed on the sex offenders register for life.
Det Chief Inspector Sion Williams added: “We welcome the sentence passed today and this will give some closure to those affected by Mr Griffiths’ behaviour.
“Child sexual abuse is extremely damaging and has a devastating effect on children. It also has far reaching implications for the families concerned, who are left to pick up the pieces.
“This is why we will continue to invest heavily in this area of our business and it reinforces our commitment to pro-actively tackle child abuse, irrespective of the manner in which it presents itself – online or offline.”