March 2007

Paedophile jailed for attacking girls

A FORMER police officer from Barry has been jailed for 15 years for sex attacks on four young girls.

Stephen Glover, aged 51, of Ty Rhoddfa, served as a constable during the 1970s after being discharged from the Army.

He was found guilty by a jury of 13 sex offences, including attempted rape, indecent assault and indecency with a child.

Sentencing him at Cardiff Crown Court last week, Judge Philip Richards told Glover: “You substantially damaged each of them and their childhoods were destroyed.

“You dominated each of these young girls, forcing them into sexual activity for your sexual gratification against their wishes.

“During your trial you characterised your victims as being liars and fortune seekers.”

Cardiff Crown Court heard Glover had “groomed” one of his victims before he attempted to rape her.

Mark Evans QC, defending Glover, said he had suffered a “mentally troubled life”.

He was discharged from the Army after he had a mental breakdown and subsequently became a police officer with the Gwent force.

Glover, of Barry, was ordered to register as a sex offender for life and disqualified from working with children indefinitely.

A Gwent police spokesman said: “This significant sentence is a reflection of the seriousness of the crime.”