A separated couple who sexually and physically abused their children over a prolonged period have been jailed for a total of 25 years.

The man, who can not be named for legal reasons, began the abuse in the 1990s and continued until his arrest in 2013. The abuse happened in the Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly areas.

During the six-week trial, the jury heard children, both the couple’s own and ones in their care, were indecently and sexually assaulted by the man and both he and his former wife took part in sexual activity in front of them and made a child carry out sex acts.

The man, who is the father, step-father or grandfather of many of the victims, also struck his daughters, causing them injuries on a number of occasions.

One victim, now an adult, is serving a lengthy prison sentence for serious sexual abuse he carried out on children. During his confession he told police officers about the actions of his father and his former wife, prompting the launch of Operation Swan by Gwent Police which investigated the historical allegations. Allegations made by the boy in the late 1990s were investigated by police at the time but no charges were brought.

The children were also known to social services, were on the at risk register and visited once a week by social workers in the 1990s for a number of reasons.

At Cardiff Crown Court the pair were ordered to sign the sex offenders register and the court issued an order which banned the man from ever contacting the victims again. The man was jailed for 19 years and his ex-wife was given a six-year sentence.

Article source: BBC News 8th August

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