November 2019: Perry, 32, died in hospital after attempting to kill himself in Parc Prison, Bridgend

January 2019

Dangerous paedophile who abused babies ‘confessed to police to clear his conscience’

A dangerous paedophile that sexually abused babies and young children walked into a police station and confessed what he had done as he wanted to “clear his conscience”.

Jared Perry abused the youngsters – some just months old – in a series of opportunist attacks, a court heard.

The 32-year-old was described to be an “extremely high risk” to children as he was locked up for an extended period.

Swansea Crown Court heard Perry abused both male and female children, with some of the children he targeted aged less than six months old.

Prosecutor John Hipkin said the abuse only came to the police’s attention when Perry walked into Aberystwyth police station and asked to speak to an officer. Over the course of some seven interviews Perry disclosed what he had done.

The court heard Perry was brought up in a strict religious environment and from an early age began watching pornography to which he later became “addicted”. That was initially adult pornography but then progressed to images of young children, the court heard. He also began to abuse drugs and was described as a “controlling and manipulative” individual.

Perry, of Llanilan, Aberystwyth, admitted 10 counts of indecent assault and sexual assault on a child under 13.

Judge Paul Thomas QC said he had carefully read psychiatric and pre-sentence reports into the defendant and had come to the view he could properly be regarded as a dangerous offender.

He handed Perry a sentence of 17 years comprising 10 years in prison and an extended seven-year term on licence.

Perry can apply for parole after he has served two-thirds of the custodial element of the sentence.

He will be on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life and was made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

Sending the defendant down the judge told him: “I believe without a doubt you present an extremely high risk of sexually assaulting children in the future.”