THE courage of three victims has been commended by the police officers who investigated their case, following the sentencing of a ‘predatory’ child abuser.
54-year-old Peter Lewis (pictured) of Tirgof, Llangennech will serve a 27 year extended sentence for raping and sexually assaulting three girls, who were all under the age of 13 at the time of the offences.
Lewis was initially arrested in February 2018 after one of the girls, who is still a child, reported he had raped her. His electronic devices were seized and during their examination were found to contain a number of indecent images of children. Lewis was further arrested, and as the investigation continued two more victims came forward to report a number of historic and recent sexual offences.
At court in December 2018, Lewis pleaded not guilty to all charges, forcing his victims, two of which are still children, to give evidence in court.
He chose not to give his own evidence in court, opting instead to rely on written statements.
The strength it has taken the victims to report the crimes and stand up in court has been praised by police.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Roberts, Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “The three victims in this case have shown tremendous courage by supporting this investigation and giving evidence at court.
“Without them, this predatory sexual offender would not have been brought to justice.”
On Friday, 29 March 2019, Lewis was found guilty of 16 counts of sexual offences against children, including four of rape, seven of sexual assault, two of making indecent images and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
DCI Roberts continued: “Lewis di