Sex offender who told teens drug ‘makes you horny’ had children in wardrobe

A sex offender was found hiding a boy and a girl who were from children's homes in a wardrobe in his bedroom, a court heard.

Just weeks after police made the shocking discovery, Jamie Roberts took two boys – again vulnerable teens living in care – back to his house where they drank alcohol and took drugs – and he suggested getting amphetamine as it "makes you really horny".

Roberts, who also goes by the name Jamie Whelan, is currently subject to a sexual harm prevention order after being convicted of child abduction.

Swansea Crown Court heard that early in the morning of December 21 last year police in Swansea were notified that two teenagers – a girl and a boy – had failed to return home to their respective care homes by the allotted curfew times the previous night.

Kevin Jones, prosecuting, said the police investigation led to Roberts' flat in Skewen, and at 3.40am officers knocked on his door, as reported by Wales Online.

The court heard the lights were on in the property but the officers' knocks went unanswered, though they noticed the blinds in a window were twitching.

Officers kept knocking and eventually Roberts answered and despite being fully clothed, he told his callers he had been asleep.

The house was searched and it initially appeared Roberts was alone.

However, officers noticed a big pile of bedding and clothes stacked up in front of a wardrobe in one of the bedrooms.

And when officers moved the items, and opened the wardrobe, they found the missing children hiding inside.

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The teenagers were returned to their care homes and Roberts was arrested.

In his subsequent interview, the 35-year-old defendant provided a prepared statement in which he said the children had asked him to hide them, and that they had taken cocaine and amphetamine.

After being questioned Roberts was released under investigation.

He has 19 previous convictions for 22 offences including a number for sexual offences beginning with the indecent assault of a girl when he was a juvenile – this involved him assaulting a girl in public toilets on a beach.

With a one-quarter discount for his guilty pleas, Roberts was sentenced to three-and-a-half years for breaching the sexual harm prevention order, and the judge re-sentenced the defendant for the previous child abduction offence imposing a six month sentence for that to run consecutively, making an overall sentence of four years in prison.

Roberts will serve up to half that period in custody before being released on licence to serve the remainder in the community.

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