Former BBC presenter and church pastor Ben Thomas pleads guilty to child sex offences

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North Wales Police

A former BBC presenter and church pastor has admitted 40 charges including a string of allegations of child sex abuse.

Ben Thomas, 44, was accused of sex assaults, voyeurism, and child porn offences.

Judge Niclas Parry at Mold crown court bailed him until sentencing on August 18.

 He told Thomas :”The inevitable sentence is a significant custodial sentence.”

Offences are alleged to have happened in North Wales, Shropshire, London, and Romania.

He was a preacher at Criccieth family church in Gwynedd.

Some allegations date back to 1990. Others were last year. Men and boys were his alleged victims.

Rachel Shenton, defending, said Thomas had an appointment with a psychologist and was yet to see the probation service.

DC Lynne Willsher said: "Ben Thomas’ offending involved the serious sexual abuse of vulnerable young children by a religious leader. 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.

"Today in court, Ben Thomas has admitted perpetrating 40 sexual offences. As a result of this, his victims have been spared the harrowing ordeal of a lengthy trial.

"North Wales Police are very grateful for the strength and courage shown by all victims and their families; this has greatly assisted our investigation to ensure justice has been done today.

"I am also grateful to the Evangelical Church and their safeguarding team for their assistance during the investigation."