Jailed paedophile revealed further crimes in memoir 'Monsters Do Exist' on prison writing course

A paedophile serving life for rape revealed he’d committed further offences by writing a sick manuscript called ‘Monsters Do Exist’.

Penning the document described by prosecutors as a cross between memoirs and “extreme sexual fantasy”,Aaron Hughes crafted the work while attending a writing class in prison, Cardiff Crown Court heard.

In his sentencing comments, Judge Daniel Williams told the defendant: “You have irrepressible predatory urges to sexually abuse the terribly vulnerable.”

Hughes, 35, a “committed and sadistic paedophile”, pleaded guilty to five counts relating to the period between 2004 and 2008 – raping a child, engaging in sexual activity with a child, and causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

Caroline Rees, prosecuting, said the charges related to three victims who were all teenagers at the time.

She said the offending came to light when the defendant wrote the manuscript entitled Monsters Do Exist, which she described as “extremely distressing”.

Ms Rees said: “This was the defendant’s writing about serious sexual offending in explicit and unimaginably horrific detail.”

She told the court the document was written by “a committed and sadistic paedophile”.

The three victims were interviewed in June 2015 after the manuscript was handed to police.

Prosecutors said the first victim described himself as an “unhappy child” and the judge noted he was vulnerable to the defendant, who was nearly a decade older than him at the time.

Hughes is serving life at HMP Parc in Bridgend (Photo: ROWAN GRIFFITHS)

The court heard Hughes gave the boy alcohol, cigarettes and cannabis and asked him to marry him.

Ms Rees said: “He continued to groom him sexually.”

The second victim said the defendant promised him gifts and told him he loved him before touching him sexually, Wales Online reports.

Ms Rees said: “He did not understand what was going on.”

The third victim told police he had run away from home and thought the defendant “seemed nice” but later realised how he was manipulated.

Prosecutors said Hughes told the boy he had worked for the police as a karate instructor – lies intended to build his trust.

The court heard the defendant and his then-boyfriend Niall Kemble were playing cards and gave the boy alcohol and cannabis.

When he lost they told him he would have to carry out “a forfeit” and Hughes raped him while Kemble watched.

Kemble, 26, from Llanedeyrn, was jailed for six months in November 2016 for his involvement in the offence.

Ms Rees said the victim felt “dirty” and “in shock”.

Asked by police how the incident made him feel he replied: “Angry. I didn’t realise it had but it has affected me all this time.

“I tried to block it out but that does not help.”

He added: “It’s disgusting he can just take what he wants and does not have to live with the consequences.”

Hughes was arrested in June 2015 and initially denied the allegations, saying his victims were “lying” based on their own “fantasies”.

He refused to attend court when his case was listed last November and then changed his pleas five days before his trial was due to start.

Telling the court of his previous convictions, Ms Rees said: “There is a significant and relevant history.”

Hughes was sentenced in February 2000 for three counts of raping a child to five years in a young offender institution.

The court heard three defendants were involved and raped the child 90 times while he was tied up.

Ms Rees said he then repeatedly breached a Sexual Offending Prevention Order.

He was sentenced in May 2014 for two counts of raping a three-year-old child and making indecent images of the incident.

The prosecutor said: “The child was heavily sedated on prescription medication.”

Hughes was jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 years.

Ms Rees said: “This is serious repeat offending by a committed paedophile.”

Susan Ferrier, defending, said her client was scared to leave prison in case the offending happened again.

She said: “He recognises he is sexually aroused by children and he recognises his behaviour is predatory.

“He accepts that the court is looking at a shocking picture.”

The defendant appeared via video link from HM Parc Prison in Bridgend.

Judge Williams said: “The harm done to each of these three young men has been immeasurable.”

He added: “The court commends their courage in coming forward.”

The judge deemed the defendant to present a significant risk of serious harm to the public, a high risk of further sexual offending, and a very high risk of causing serious harm to children.

A report by the Probation Service noted he had been watching television programmes involving children while in prison.

Judge Williams told the defendant: “Your guilty pleas do not reveal a shred of remorse.”

He passed a new sentence of life imprisonment with a minimum term of 11 years.

Nicola Rees, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “There were very serious allegations that came to light while Hughes was in prison.

“Consequently the police conducted a full investigation, resulting in the charges being authorised.”

She added: “Over a period of time Hughes gained the trust of these impressionable teenagers so that he could sexually assault them.

“In cases such as this the passage of time does not always lessen the impact of the offending on the victims, who have shown great courage.”

Detective Inspector Stuart Wales, of South Wales Police, said: “We would like to thank the many witnesses who supported this investigation and pay tribute to the three complainants.

“They each demonstrated significant fortitude and courage throughout.

“South Wales Police takes all reports of sexual offending seriously.”

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