Children’s entertainer unmasked as paedophile ex-pastor who was jailed for having sex with an underage girl

A paedophile church leader was caught breaking a 10-year ban on working at children’s events – after setting himself up as a family-friendly party entertainer.

Former pastor Ceri John Rees, 35, has been working as kids’ entertainer DJ Phoenix at caravan parks despite previously being jailed for having sex with an underage girl.

Rees was sentenced to four years in prison in 2010. The then married father of three had been a pastor in Lower Cwmtwrch, in the Swansea Valley, when he carried out a string of sex assaults on a teenager.

He was convicted of 14 offences, including sexual activity with a child, making a child watch sexual activity and making and taking indecent child images after police found 187 images of the girl.

As part of the Sexual Offences Prevention Order (Sopo) imposed at sentence he was banned from being involved in any social group, event or youth club involving under-16s for 10 years after his release from jail.

The judge at the time warned Rees he posed a “serious risk to young people”.

But when he was let out of prison on November 9, 2012, he changed his name to Dafydd John Rees, signed up with an unsuspecting agent and began working as a singer and entertainer at family caravan parks and charity events.

On Tuesday, Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard he had played a charity event at Loughor Boating Club last year, and had been booked to play at “family-friendly” events at caravan parks in West Wales.

The court was told Rees duped Alice Evans, who signed him up to Llanelli-based Casta Entertainment Agency for 18 months.

“She had no idea he was banned from working with children,” said prosecutor Rachel Knight.

The court heard how Rees – whose wife filed for divorce following the original revelations – hid his secret past from her, and she only became aware when she was tipped off on Facebook.

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He apologised and claimed he had handed himself into police because he could not cope with the guilt of his “affair” with the youngster.

Rees, of Clive Place, Trecynon, Aberdare, admitted three counts of breaching the Sopo.

Clare Fear, defending, said he had been under the impression that he was working within the confines of the order because he was supervised at events by his partner or father.

“He was of the view that he placed himself in a safe and supervised situation,” she said.

But the court heard that he had been told explicitly and repeatedly by probation and police that he was not allowed to work where children would be present.

He had even asked for permission to work as a DJ at a charity event involving children and was refused.

There was further concern because in June 2013 it became known he was in contact with another sex offender he had befriended in prison.

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Both were told to end contact and Rees claimed it had, but a year later they were still in touch.

“That was felt to be a breach of trust,” Judge Stephen Hopkins QC told him.

“It seems to me that you are minded when it suits your purpose to flout the terms of the order or provide inaccurate information.”

Rees – whose DJ-ing activities were exposed by the Sunday People earlier this year – was jailed for two years and an indefinite Sexual Harm Order in the same terms of the Sopo.

Source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/childrens-entertainer-unmasked-paedophile-ex-10012736