April 2022

‘Devious’ sex offender branded ‘danger to children’ after being found with indecent images for fourth time

A “devious” sex offender was branded a “danger to children” after being found with indecent images for the FOURTH time.

Tristan Richard Hughes, of Henllan in Denbigh, is again behind bars after he was found with a stash of images of young girls.

The 32-year-old was charged with breaching his sexual harm prevention order. He was also charged with making and distributing indecent images of children.

It came after his family had told police he was hiding secret devices. At Mold Crown Court on Thursday, Judge Niclas Parry jailed him for three years.

Prosecuting, Jemma Gordan, told the court how Hughes is currently under the eye of the authorities through a sexual harm prevention order. This bans him, amongst other requirements, from having access to electronic devices that they do not know about.

The court heard how, in November 2021, North Wales Police were contacted by Hughes’ own sister to state that her brother wasn’t following the terms of the order.

When police officers came to Hughes’ home address in Denbigh the same day, they were met by his sister who said that Hughes had disclosed to her that he had a phone and a laptop the authorities did not know about.

When he was later interviewed, he admitted to breaching the order by having the devices. However, he maintained that police would not find anything on the computers that breached his order.

Ms Gordan said that the laptop and mobile phone were then forensically analysed and his lies were soon exposed. Both were found to contain dozens of indecent images of young girls, roughly aged between the ages of seven and 12.

Previously, Hughes had been handed a suspended sentence in 2013 for making and possessing indecent images of children. However, in November 2015, he was jailed for 21 months after the then Llandrillo College student was found with more indecent images on his mobile phones.

His last court appearance, the prosecutor said, came in October 2020. Hughes was dealt with for a further charge relating to creating indecent images and was handed a two year suspended sentence.

Judge Parry, passing a sentence of three years in total, branded Hughes a “devious” offender who was “a danger to children”. He was said to have wasted the “remarkable opportunities” that the court afforded him.

The judge said: “Quite simply, you have run out of chances. You are devious and you will lie to your family and those who want to help you – all because of this desire that you have to satisfy your admitted attraction to young children.

“It is to your family’s credit that they saw the danger and alerted the authorities. They didn’t do that to get you in trouble, they did that to stop you from getting yourself into further trouble down the line.”

The judge ordered that the existing sexual harm prevention order, which will run up to 2030 at present, should remain in place. His secret devices were ordered to be destroyed.

November 2015

Student arrested after child abuse images was found on his mobile phones

Tristan-Richard-Hughes

A STUDENT was arrested at Llandrillo College and indecent images of young children were found on his two mobile phones.

Tristan Richard Hughes was already on a suspended prison sentence for committing similar offences.

Mold Crown Court today heard how at the time of the new offences he would have been following an internet sex offender programme.

Tristan Richard Hughes, aged 26, of Groesffordd at Henllan, near Denbigh, was jailed for 21 months – 20 months for the new offences and one month from the suspended sentence.

He was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for ten years and a new ten year sexual harm prevention order was made to curb his future offending.

The judge, Miss Recorder Gaynor Lloyd, said that he had been leading a double persona.

He was described as manipulative and a high risk of re-offending.

She said that the pre-sentence report from the probation service made “grave reading” .

He had started the internet sex offender programme in November 2013 which was there to help him tackle his behaviour but he began offending again in February 2014.

She said that he had engaged with the programme but that engagement “must have been superficial”.

The report described him as highly manipulative with little insight into his offending and he accepted little responsibility for his actions.

He denied any sexual motive in looking at images at girls as young as five, and was not motivated to change.

The defendant pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent images or children and two of possession.

Prosecutor David Mainstone told how police executed a search warrant at his home.

He was at college and they went there to arrest him and the offending images were found on his two mobile phones.

There were seven category A movies of children and four still images at category A and C.

At the time he was on a suspended sentence for earlier offences which arose from a previous warrant being executed at his former home in Llansannan which involved 300 images.

His barrister Simon Rogers said that the present case involved seven movies and one still image at the most serious category A, and three still images at category C

His family had been trying to get him assistance and had been in touch with a foundation to help try and address the underlying issues that he had, Mr Rogers explained.

He stressed that there had been no escalation in his offending and no attempt to contact young females.

“It is not that sort of case,” he said.

He appreciated that it had to be custody and the only question was one of length.

It was hoped that he would get the assistance he needed on his release but the reality was that until he accepted the problem it would be difficult for him to receive the treatment that he needed to make progress.

That would enable him to put his offending behind him and move on.

He was still only 26 and in a position to change.

There were issues which he did not want canvassed in open court which may provide an explanation for his behaviour.

A custodial sentence would be extremely difficult for him and his family.

The judge said that she had read a poignant and touching letter from the defendant’s mother.