July 2019

Manipulative sexual offender from Bristol given jail term

A 20-year-old man described as manipulative and dangerous has been jailed for sexual offences against children.

Today at Bristol Crown Court (5 July), Rhys Beale, of Withywood, Bristol, was sentenced to three years and four months in jail after admitting charges of taking category A and category C images of a child and engaging in sexual activity with a child.

Beale was also given a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely.

Sentencing, HH Judge Picton said Beale was “manipulative” and targeted a vulnerable victim in need of protection. He said Beale was “incapable of respecting appropriate age boundaries”.

Beale was apprehended by Topaz, a team of specially trained officers within Avon and Somerset Police who exclusively disrupt offenders of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).