Former BBC presenter Ben Thomas pleads guilty to child sex offences

Ben Thomas, a former BBC Wales presenter and church minister has pleaded guilty to sexual offences against children and adults.

The presenter, 44, admitted 40 offences including voyeurism and indecent assaults which happened in Wales, London, Shropshire and Romania. 

Thomas had worked as a reporter on the Welsh-language programme Ffeil on BBC Wales, aimed at young people, as well as on Wales Today.

He had left the BBC in 2005 to be a preacher in the streets of London before returning to Wales in 2008 and becoming pastor of the Criccieth Family Church in Gwynedd, a post which he left in 2019. 

The church said in a statement: ‘We are now devastated by the revelation of such sin and grieve over the pain caused to the innocent victims, the betrayal and deception.

‘Foremost in our prayers now are the victims and their families.’

The statement added that his arrest had come as a ‘complete shock’ and safeguarding checks had been ‘satisfactorily completed’. 

Detective Constable Lynne Willsher of North Wales Police thanked victims for their ‘strength and courage’, adding: ‘It is an awful breach of the trust placed in him by the victims and their families, and I cannot begin to imagine what impact the revelation of his offending has had on them.’

The victims are being supported by the NSPCC which said: ‘Thomas has admitted to committing a wave of sexual offences over a long period of time and it is right that he now faces the consequences of his actions.

‘It is crucial that anyone who has been abused feels safe to report what has happened to them, no matter how long ago the offence took place, in the knowledge that they will be listened to.’

Thomas is due to be sentenced on 18 August. 

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