Snapchat: Rapist who attacked girl he met online jailed

A man who raped a 13-year-old girl he met on Snapchat has been jailed for 10-and-a-half years.

Rhodri Llyr Griffiths, 28, contacted the girl in October 2023, using a fake profile and sent her sexual messages.

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Griffiths, of Highland Gardens in Neath Abbey, admitted sexual communication with a child, rape and other sexual offences at an earlier hearing.

Newport Crown Court was told his victim said she felt like her life and childhood had been “destroyed”.

Griffiths was emotionless as Judge Daniel Williams told him he did not “accept for a moment you have any regret or remorse for what you did”.

Griffiths offered the girl money and alcohol to carry out sexual acts on him and sent her a video of someone else that he pretended was him.

His victim told him where she lived and he offered to come and pick her up and it was only when she got into the car that she discovered that Griffiths was much older than he claimed.

She asked him to stop the car, but he refused and drove several miles to a car park where he told her to get in the back of his car.

Judge Williams said “she was so fearful if she didn’t you may kill her” and the young girl “tried to get away but you screamed at her to stop”.

When the attack was over, Griffiths drove the girl home. Within days, the girl told her mother and Griffiths was arrested.

Initially, he lied to police, saying there had been sexual contact but not sex.

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In a victim impact statement, the girl’s mother told the court that it was “every parent’s nightmare”.

She said her daughter scrubbed her skin until it was raw following the attack and had taken an overdose.

“As a mother, I can’t fix her or take her pain away. That is torture,” she added.

The girl’s victim impact statement said: “Every time I look in a mirror I see him looking back at me like he did that night.”

She said she had changed her appearance, and did not feel safe leaving home, adding: “I will never trust another man again”.

Judge Williams described the girl’s statement as “heartbreaking”.

Rhodri Llyr Griffiths contacted the girl on Snapchat in October 2023
He told Griffiths that he presented “a high risk of serious harm” to girls and it was necessary to impose an extended sentence to protect the public.

The girl’s family wept as the judge said that Griffiths planned the attack and had inflicted “severe psychological harm” on her.

As well as his prison sentence, Griffiths was given an extended licence period of five years and a sexual harm prevention order and restraining order were also imposed.

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