Local News & Archive — May 12, 2016 at 10:16 am — Updated: May 13, 2016 at 9:55 am

Ten years in jail for Prestatyn child sex offender

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A Prestatyn man who admitted a string of child sex offences has been jailed for ten years.

A judge told Neil Owen that he carried out predatory acts against young girls while leading a seemingly ‘decent and respectable’ life.

The 47 year-old from Ffordd Talargoch pleaded guilty to all charges, including sexually assaulting an adult woman and secretly filming her naked. He had also been charged with attempted rape against a child.

Judge Geraint Walters told Mold Crown Court that a pre-sentence report had claimed Owen showed only superficial remorse despite his guilty pleas and did not truly understand the effects of his actions.

The defence claimed that Owen had been frank and admitted the offences at the first opportunity and wanted any help and assistance available to him while he was serving jail time. He was conscious that he was facing a ”long road” and ”knows what has to be done”.

Judge Walters told the defendant: ”There can be no doubt whatsoever that you are a person who likes sexual activity with young girls…I can tell you that these courts have learnt through bitter experience that behaving in this way towards children brings about life-long harm to them. There is no avoiding that.”

Owen, who showed no emotion as he was sentenced, must also sign the sex offenders register for life. He was also placed under a sexual harm prevention order indefinitely.

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