BBC presenter turned evangelical preacher, 44, admits 40 sex offences against children and adults over 30-year campaign of terror
- Benjamin David Thomas admitted 40 sex offences against children and adults
- The ex-BBC presenter appeared at Mold Crown Court in Wales on Friday
- His offences date back to 1990 with the most recent at the end of last year
- The 44-year-old was once a preacher at Criccieth Family Church in Gwynedd
A former BBC presenter turned evangelical preacher has admitted to committing 40 sex offences, a number of them against children, across 30 years.
Benjamin David Thomas from Coed Onn Road in Flint, Wales, appeared at Mold Crown Court on Friday before Judge Niclas Parry.
The ex-BBC presenter admitted ten counts of sexual activity with a child, eight sexual assaults, and four attempts to commit sexual assault.
He also pleaded guilty to nine indecent assaults, seven counts of voyeurism and two counts of making indecent videos of children.
Former BBC presenter Benjamin David Thomas (above) admitted to 40 sex offences against adults and children, dating back 30 years, when appearing at Mold Crown Court in Wales on Friday
Some of the ex-evangelical preacher’s offences date all the way back to 1990, but the most recent offences happened at the end of last year
Thomas, worked for BBC Wales as a reporter and a presenter on Ffeil, the Welsh language news programme for young people, and on Wales Today.
He left the BBC in 2005 to preach on the streets of London, before returning to Wales in 2008 as pastor of the Criccieth Family Church in Gwynedd. He left his post last year.
Some of the offences date all the way back to 1990, but the most recent offences happened at the end of last year.
He has been given bail until his next appearance at Mold Crown Court on August 18, when he will be sentenced.
Judge Parry told the 44-year-old that he would be given credit for his early guilty pleas, but warned a ‘significant custodial sentence’ was inevitable.
DC Lynne Willsher of North Wales Police, 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.
The 44-year-old pled guilty to admitted ten counts of sexual activity with a child, eight sexual assaults, and four attempts to commit sexual assault, amongst a number of other offences
‘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.
‘If there is a message to come from this, it is that anyone who faces abuse should understand that your safety and wellbeing remains North Wales Police’s priority and you can contact us on 101, or online via our live webchat.’