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Paedo jailed for second time as 'extremely disturbing' prison writings reveal more victims

Aaron Hughes
Aaron Hughes

A serial paedophile has been jailed for life for the second time after writing a manuscript in prison detailing his abuse of other children.

Aaron Hughes, 35, entitled the writings - described in court as part memoir and part horrific sexual fantasy - Monsters Do Exist.

He wrote the "extremely distressing" manuscript after being jailed for life in 2014 for drugging and raping a three-year-old.

The document was handed to police, who launched an investigation and identified three victims who Hughes had abused between 2004 and 2008.

Hughes, held in HMP Parc, later admitted rape, sexual activity with two 13-year-old boys and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Judge Daniel Williams jailed Hughes for life and ordered him to serve a minimum of 11 years in prison for his "depraved" offences.

The judge said Hughes had "irrepressible predatory urges to sexually abuse the terribly vulnerable".

"Your guilty pleas do not reveal a shred of remorse," he added. "The harm done to each of the three men has been immeasurable."

Hughes was ordered to remain on the Sex Offender Register for life.

Prosecuting, Caroline Rees told Cardiff Crown Court: "He wrote a manuscript Monsters Do Exist.

"The manuscript contained the defendant writing about the serious sexual abuse of young children.

"It is written in explicit and horrific detail. It has the appearance of a combination of memoir and extreme sexual fantasy.

"The manuscript is an exhibit in this case. It is not in the public domain because of the extremely disturbing nature of its content."

Ms Rees said Hughes was already known to the police because of his previous convictions and incidents involving his behaviour towards children.

In 2000, Hughes was sentenced to five years in a young offender institution for raping two young boys.

Four years later, he breached orders banning him from being alone with young children.

In May 2014, Hughes was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 12 years in prison for raping a three-year-old.

Ms Rees said the victim was drugged to the point of unconsciousness and then raped by Hughes, who filmed the attacks.

The court heard Hughes groomed the three victims in the latest case, then aged between 13 and 14, with alcohol, cannabis and cigarettes.

"He said he had worked in a police station and as a karate instructor to win the young boys' trust," Ms Rees added.

"These are serious offences committed by a serial paedophile against vulnerable boys."

An entry in his manuscript described how he had raped one of his victims while another man watched.

"The boy had lost a card game and was forced to strip as a forfeit," Ms Rees said. "Hughes then raped him.

In a victim impact statement, the boy, now aged in his 20s, said: "Never let him out."

Hughes was arrested in June 2015 after the manuscript was handed to detectives.

"In police interviews he denied the allegations," Ms Rees said. "He said each of the victims was lying, saying it was their fantasies."

Representing Hughes, Susan Ferrier said her client had a "long-standing problem" of being sexually attracted to young children.

The court heard that, while in prison, Hughes has been watching television programmes featuring children.

A pre-sentence report found Hughes was likely to commit further offences if he was released from prison.

Speaking after the case, Detective Inspector Stuart Wales, of South Wales Police, described the investigation as "protracted and complex".

"We would like to thank the many witnesses who supported this investigation and pay tribute to the three complainants who each demonstrated significant fortitude and courage throughout," he said.