A long-running operation investigating allegations of historic abuse in the care system in North Wales has led to the arrest and conviction of a former Deputy Principal of a private children’s home.
Bryan Davies, who is now 71, has been found guilty of 20 offences of buggery and indecent assault on eight boys aged between 10 and 15 who were in care between 1976 and 1978. He was also found guilty of nine internet based offences between 2006 and 2012.
Davies was initially arrested by officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) in Oct 2013 in relation to the internet offences and a number of computers were seized for forensic examination. Investigating officers also reinterviewed eight men who had previously detailed abuse by him. However whilst on bail, Davies fled to Malta in an attempt to evade facing justice. The examination of the seized computers identified 167 indecent images of children – mainly young teenage boys – and a number of online conversations with three young boys who Davies incited to take part in sexual acts.
Working with partners in the Crown Prosecution Service and the Malta Police Force, Davies was arrested in August 2017 under a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) and extradited to the UK.
“I would like to thank the NCA for the thorough and professional investigation they have conducted since Operation Pallial began at my request five and a half years ago,” commented Chief Constable of North Wales Police, Mark Polin. “There have been 10 convictions to date and the team have worked closely with North Wales Police, other partners and agencies to deliver advice and support to victims of past abuse and to investigate crimes.”
“Nothing anyone can do now will change the past, but the investment which now goes in to investigating sexual abuse and the significance it is given is considerably different to how it was in the past,” he added.
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