His partner in crime, 43-year-old Welsh Government lawyer John Guess, of Cardiff, was sentenced to 26 years for sex offences against children.
Guess , a senior lawyer advising the Welsh Government on legal matters, admitted to 36 charges including sexual assault of a child, assault by penetration, possessing and distributing indecent images of children, inciting a child into sexual activity, aiding and abetting a child into sexual exploitation and possessing extreme porn.
Prosecutor James Wilson called out Guess for his history of perversion.
‘He has a long standing sexual interest in young girls. He was deeply involved with other like-minded individuals on social media and they shared child abuse images. He was part of a network of like-minded individuals who would use the Kik messenger groups and there were a number of discussions about their shared interest in abusing children.’
Judge, Recorder of Cardiff Eleri Rees, said to Guess:
‘You have held a perverted interest in young girls since you were a young man. Over the course of ten years you harvested a large collection of indecent images. They were organised into collections in a considered and calculated fashion. You have become a sexual predator, taking advantage of any opportunity to take indecent images of children. Had you not been arrested it would only be a matter of time and opportunity that you would proceed to rape children. You seek to corrupt children by inciting them to engage online in sexual activity for your own gratification. You have become accustomed to ignoring the normal social boundaries and taboos which might inhibit others.’
After the case, a Welsh Government spokesperson said: ‘The individual concerned is no longer employed by the Welsh Government.’
Detective Superintendent Wendy Gunney said, ‘Today’s sentence does not mark the end of our investigations and we will work tirelessly to identify any other victims or witnesses and seek the justice they deserve.’