April 2022

‘Slippery’ sex offender tried to hide secret social media accounts from the police

A “devious” man went to great lengths to hide dating apps and social media he wasn’t supposed to have without police approval. His blatant lies were exposed after a police tip off.

Ryan Davies, of Victoria Road in Wrexham, found himself back before a judge at Mold Crown Court on Thursday afternoon. He had admitted before the Magistrates Court to breaching one of the terms in his sexual harm prevention order.

The 22-year-old was made subject to the order after being convicted in October 2019, having sent videos of himself masturbating to a teenage girl. As part of his punishment, along with a spell of custody, he was banned from having social media accounts without notifying the police.

The court heard from prosecutor Andrew Green that the former teaching assistant was visited by the police on January 17 last year at his home address. There, he denied having any form of social media when quizzed about the subject – which later turned out to be a lie.

In fact, the court heard Davies had secret Instagram and Snapchat accounts. Police were given a tip off about these accounts the following month.

The police went back to Davies’ home in Wrexham, armed with this information. He denied any knowledge of the two accounts but was a swiftly arrested after an iPhone was found in the passenger footwell of his car.

The smartphone was forensically analysed and officers found the accounts – one of which had been used since October 2020. The court heard that the phone was set up in a way that, were officers to look for devices connected to the internet, it would display as a PlayStation 4.

The police also found Davies had a TikTok account along with profiles on dating apps Bumble and Grindr. Sexual content was also discovered in the device’s gallery of pictures and videos.

His web history also proved “unsettling”, the court heard. The prosecutor said searches were conducted for “barely legal gay teen porn” amongst others.

The judge granted an order for Davies’ secret phone to be destroyed after his year-long custodial sentence was suspended for 18 months. During that time, he must finish 120 hours of unpaid work as well as completing a 20-day rehabilitation activity.

November 2018

Apprentice teaching assistant sent 14-year-old girl picture of his manhood

A teenager who was on an apprenticeship as a teaching assistant sent a photograph of his penis to a girl aged 14.

Ryan Davies had lost his career and was now a student mechanic and working in a chip shop, a court was told today.

Davies, 19, of Borras Road in Wrexham, was at the time of the offence an apprentice teaching assistant at a primary school in the Wrexham area.

But the girl revealed to a family member that during a social network conversation it had become sexualised and he had sent her a photograph of his erect manhood.

He admitted that in November of last year, for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification, he intentionally caused a child to look at an image of himself engaging in a sexual activity.

He was placed on a two year community order with 60 days rehabilitation.

He was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for five years.

But magistrates agreed with defending solicitor Andy Halliday that a sexual harm prevention order was not necessary or proportional.

Prosecutor Justin Espie said that the defendant at the time last November was an apprentice teaching assistant.

He had seen the girl, had allegedly been staring at her, and later sent her a Facebook friend request.

She ignored it initially, knowing Davies had a girlfriend.

He then sent her a message, she responded and during an on-line conversation she asked if he was a teacher and he said he was.

They moved to Snapchat and the girl said she thought he was just being nice.

But during a conversation on one day he introduced sexual matters, said he was no longer with his girlfriend, asked if she had “ever done things with lads” and sent her the photograph.

He also asked her if she thought it was big.

She had not encouraged him in any way and deleted him as a friend.

Davies blocked her but not before telling her not to say what he had done or he would lose his job.

Police were told after the girl told a member of his family what had happened and the picture, which had been deleted, was retrieved by officers together with the chat log.

Mr Espie suggested that it was the deliberate targeting of someone he knew was a child for his own sexual gratification.

Davies had put himself in a role where he would have access to children and he said that a SHPO was necessary.

He accepted that Davies had no previous convictions.

Mr Halliday said that his client was a young man who had made a big mistake which would affect the rest of his life potentially.

The sexualised conversation took place a year ago, it was a one-off over a 24 hour period, and nothing had happened since.

He would be subjected to the police sex register requirements and the probation service would work closely with him and he argued that the SHPO was not proportionate.

Davies would never work with children again, was now studying car mechanics and was working part time in a chip shop at a minimum wage.

He said the complainant herself had stressed that it happened during one conversation on one day only.

Mr Halliday said that the defendant could not explain why he had done it.

A report suggested that it was down to issues of self-worth and confidence.

He was only 18 at the time, was immature and she was 14.

The defendant was a young man who had obviously done something very wrong and it was quite clear that he would not be able to work with children again.

“There is no prospect of that again,” he said.

In a victim impact statement the girl said that she felt scared and feared she would get into trouble.

It had really affected her, she had stopped going out and described the experience as the worst thing she had ever been through.

Magistrates said that he had abused a position of trust and said that there were elements of grooming.

However he was a man of good character who had entered an early guilty plea and he had co-operated with the police and the probation service.

His conviction would exclude a number of career options for the rest of his life potentially, they said.