April 2022

Convicted paedo posed as woman online to avoid police discovering his social media

A convicted sex offender posed as a ’56-year-old lesbian called Carol’ online to avoid police discovering the social media accounts he was barred from having. 

Geraint Ap Dewi Rowlands, 64, continued seeking out ‘disturbing’ content of young girls in violation of a previous court order handed down in 2017. 

The father of two of Cleveland Avenue in Tywyn, Gwynedd, north Wales, was charged with six breaches of a sexual harm prevention order at Caernarfon Crown Court on Wednesday (April 13). 

Rowlands was given the order in December 2017 after being convicted of possessing extreme and prohibited pornographic images. 

As part of the 10-year order, he was banned from using social networking websites or apps without informing the police.  

He completed the requirements of a two-year suspended sentence, which included undertaking unpaid work, without issue, the court heard. 

But as the coronavirus pandemic struck in March 2020, Rowlands began to access websites he was banned from using. 

Online records show he continued to access the apps and websites until June 2021. Rowlands internet history was analysed with various ‘disturbing search terms’.

One included a website that shared ‘erotic stories’ where he was looking for material about young girls.  

A North Wales Police officer seized and mobile phone and laptop from Rowlands home address last summer, and examinations revealed he had been using various apps using the fake identity of ‘Carol Jones’ on one. 

The court heard how he had set up an account on picture sharing website Flickr using the Carol personna of a 56-year-old lesbian.   

Conversations on some of the other apps showed that he had been speaking with what were believed to be other sexual offenders with similar interests to him. 

One message referred to ‘young girls and canines’ being ‘high on his list of pleasures.’    

Dafydd Roberts, prosecuting, told the court that Rowlands admitted to setting up the accounts when arrested, but denied any sexual interest in children.

He also said that he had ‘six or seven’ email addresses that the police were not aware of.      

Simon Rodgers, mitigating, said he accepted the content his client went looking for online was ‘deeply concerning’. 

He said Rowlands had made no attempt to contact any children or download any content.     

He added that it was not uncommon in cases such as these for defendants to attempt to ‘hide’ these ‘distorted’ desires from the authorities. 

He said a ‘limited’ prison sentence may not have as much benefit as a longer, community based punishment where these could be addressed through the probation service. 

Judge Timothy Petts accepted the arguments but disagreed. 

He told the court there was ‘no realistic prospect of rehabilitation’ for these ‘disturbing’ habits, and jailed Rowlands for 14 months.   

‘Your distorted mindset still persists and you regard yourself as a passive bystander in this when other discuss child sex abuse,’ he said to Rowlands

“You clearly are there for perverted sexual gratification. There’s some remorse here but the probation service seem to be of the view that this is only so you avoid jail. That won’t work I’m afraid.’ 

An order was also imposed for the devices that were seized to be destroyed. 

The sexual harm prevention order continues with the same terms.

December 2017

Ex-special constable loses ‘good name’ over indecent images of children

A former special constable escaped jail after a judge gave him a suspended sentence for making and possessing more than 500 indecent images of children.

Geraint ap Dewi Rowlands, 56, had pleaded guilty to five charges relating to a total of 527 images and movies of children as well as hundreds of other images and videos of adults engaging in bestiality.

Some of the images found were of children aged between six months and 14 years.

The former Army Cadets leader, town councillor and Barclays Bank worker, appeared for sentencing at Llandudno Magistrates ‘ Court today, accompanied by his wife and one of his two children.

Rob Edwards, prosecuting, said the offences took place between May 2007 and July this year.

He said police were informed of the offences after Rowlands uploaded images to an internet chat room in August last year which were linked to his IP address.

An arrest warrant was issued and Rowlands’ home in Cleveland Avenue, Tywyn, Gwynedd was searched.

He said Rowlands told police he was the only person with access to the mobile phone, laptop and hard-drive seized by officers.

Mr Edwards said: “He told police he would view pornography on an almost daily basis. He accepted the categorisation (of images) that he had images of very young children.”

Rowlands was sentenced to a total of 52 weeks jail, suspended for two years and ordered to sing the sex offenders’ register for ten years.

He was also ordered to attend a rehabilitation activity for 60 days and carry out 160 hours unpaid work.

Rowlands was given a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order to do with computer usage including not deleting Internet history.

He was also ordered to pay £200 costs.

November 2017

Man caught with more than 1,500 indecent images of children and adults

A man has pleaded guilty to making and possessing more than 1,500 indecent photographs of adults and children – including 63 of the most serious type.

Geraint ap Dewi Rowlands, 56, of Cleveland Avenue, Tywyn, Gwynedd, appeared before District Judge Gwyn Jones at Caernarfon magistrates court where he pleaded guilty to five charges relating to a total of 1,545 images and movies.

Rowlands, gave his address to the court and replied “guilty” to each of the charges as they were read out to him.

They were: Making 63 indecent images and movies of children under 18 category A; making 103 indecent images and movies of children under 18, category B; making 361 indecent images and movies of children under 18, category C. He also admitted possessing 43 prohibited images of a child and possessing 975 extreme pornographic images and videos described as grossly offensive.

The charges related to dates between May 2007 and July 2017.

Outlining the case, Diane Williams, prosecuting, said police were informed of the offences after Rowlands uploaded images to an internet chat room in August last year. They were linked to his IP address.

She said one of the photographs was of a child aged 10-11 standing on a beach facing a camera.

Mrs Williams said police issued a warrant to arrest Rowlands and his property was searched.

She said Rowlands told police he was the only person with access to the mobile phone, laptop and hard-drive seized by police.

Some of the images found on them were of children aged between six months and 14 years old.

She said search engines were found to be “specific for child images” as well as others for “bestiality images”.

District Judge Gwyn Jones ordered a full pre-sentence report and for a risk assessment to be made.

Rowlands was bailed on condition he co-operated with the probation service.

He will be sentenced at Llandudno magistrates court on December 11.