Achos dyn o Gaernarfon gafodd ddedfryd o 50 mlynedd mewn carchar ar ôl teithio i America i dreisio merch 10 oed. The case of a Caernarfon man imprisoned for raping a 10 year old...
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-Every criminal case poses a new
-challenge for the detective.
-To discover the truth,
-patience and curiosity is required.
-Tonight, I travel to America
-on the trail of the Welshman...
-..accused of raping
-a ten-year-old girl.
-I meet the man who translated
-his defence into Welsh.
-Seeing someone so young in handcuffs
-was quite disturbing.
-I hear astounding evidence from
-the detectives who questioned him.
-This is an absolute, serious,
-I visit the prison which will be
-his home for the next fifty years.
-He actually got what he deserved.
-The largest city
-in the north west of the USA.
-A city famous for its harbour,
-cityscape and cafes.
-But, in April 2015, when a Welshman
-flew 5,000 miles to get here...
-..he didn't come to visit the city.
-Today, I'm travelling 300 miles
-south of Seattle...
-..to the state of Oregon.
-There, in the town of Eugene,
-in April 2015...
-..the police received
-an emergency call.
-A little girl was missing.
-Even though the police found her
-walking the streets...
-..her grandmother suspected
-that she had been raped.
-I responded to a call from a local
-hospital about a sexual assault.
-The caller was the victim's
-grandmother reporting the incident.
-According to the girl,
-she had been with a Welshman...
-..after starting a relationship
-with him on the Internet.
-She was only ten years old.
-On the grandmother's phone...
-..police found evidence of the
-relationship and the man's profile.
-It was a profile picture of a male
-with a first name of Garrett.
-There was a last name of Williamson.
-There was a text communication
-on the phone.
-Also on the phone, were photos
-and videos of a sexual nature.
-With the age of the victim,
-and the circumstances around it...
-..it was very shocking.
-An investigation was launched.
-Eugene detectives began to analyse
-the phone evidence.
-They met when he contacted her
-on a chat site called ooVoo.
-She accepted the request.
-in fairly short order...
-..that the person
-she thought she was talking to...
-..wasn't the real person.
-By that I mean, he pretended
-to be two girls.
-He played a video to convince her...
-..that she was chatting to two girls
-aged nine and fourteen...
-..before telling her that he was
-a man from North Wales...
-..called Garrett Williamson.
-Later, the police discovered
-that his real name was Gareth Hall.
-Gareth is a perfect example of
-someone trawling the Internet...
-..looking for someone to groom.
-He picked on a vulnerable person.
-This girl was looking for love -
-what she thought true love was.
-He preyed upon that.
-The girl had had a difficult life.
-Her father was in prison
-and her mother was on drugs.
-She was in the care
-of her grandmother.
-She had been stealing her phone...
-..to communicate with the Welshman
-for over a month.
-This is a communication
-from the victim to Gareth.
-She texts him...
-.."I have died every day
-waiting for you, darling.
-"I have loved you
-for a thousand years...
-"..and I'll love you
-for a thousand more."
-She's ten years old and it shows
-the lack of maturity she exhibits.
-Her inability to discern fantasy
-He said things like "I love you
-and I want to be with you."
-"We're going to have sex
-and it will be great and magical."
-They talked about moving away
-It was, on his part...
-..a deception from beginning to end
-for one purpose.
-Gareth Hall told her that he would
-travel over there to see her.
-After flying from London to Paris,
-and then to Seattle...
-..he texted the girl to say
-that he had landed.
-It's likely that Gareth Hall
-drove to Eugene during the night...
-..and went to the grandmother's
-house where the girl lived.
-He knocked on her bedroom window
-and she came out to see him.
-She went with him
-to a nearby park...
-..where he raped her
-in the back of the car.
-After being raped,
-she kept it all a secret.
-But in her evidence to police...
-..she said she'd worn
-her princess frock...
-..and left the house
-barefoot to meet him.
-The things that happened
-were very horrific.
-For her, there was some fantasy
-of what she wanted life to be like.
-She's ten and wanted to be
-The following night, he took the
-girl out to a restaurant...
-..on the outskirts of Eugene...
-..before taking her to a room
-in the Budget Lodge...
-..where the girl said
-they had a bubble bath.
-Gareth Hall had a GoPro camera.
-He had been to a shop
-to buy sex goods for her...
-..including strawberry lubricant
-and a vibrator.
-It was here that he raped her again.
-The next day, Gareth Hall moved
-to another hotel.
-This is it,
-where the big blue sign is here.
-He lured the girl there
-and raped her again.
-But he left some evidence behind.
-Did you have any important
-..from this location
-that helped you with the case?
-From the registration information...
-..we were able to obtain Mr Hall's
-rental car information...
-..and verify it
-with the rental company.
-We then found the vehicle and got
-the DNA evidence of the sex acts.
-This is the registration he made...
-..from the hotels he was staying at.
-It shows his name on this card.
-He signed it and included
-his passport number...
-..which was one digit off
-from the actual one.
-Possibly to conceal his identity.
-This is how police confirmed
-that his name was Gareth Hall...
-..and that he was from Wales.
-But, by then, the 22-year-old man
-had left America...
-..and was back home in the village
-of Talysarn, near Caernarfon.
-He was already known to North Wales
-Police who had arrested him...
-..on suspicion of having indecent
-images of children on his computer.
-He'd been released on bail
-while police investigated...
-..and suspended from his job
-at Arfon Leisure and Tennis Centre.
-Detectives in Wales
-were still investigating...
-..when Gareth Hall
-travelled to America.
-But the FBI and detectives in Eugene
-discovered that he had booked...
-..to fly to America once again, just
-a fortnight after arriving home.
-They knew that he would be flying...
-..from Manchester to Chicago
-on May 2.
-When we found out
-that he was coming back to the US...
-..I immediately assumed
-that he was coming back...
-..to do the same thing
-to someone else.
-We found out that his final
-destination was not Chicago.
-He was not going back to Oregon,
-but heading to the middle of the US.
-The detectives travelled to Chicago
-in the hope of catching him...
-..before he evaded their grasp
-We got to Chicago and we found out
-that he was on the flight...
-..and that he would be landing
-in approximately six hours.
-We were absolutely ecstatic
-at that point.
-Gareth Hall was on his way back to
-America, but where was he going?
-And what did he intend to do?
-He didn't know that the detectives
-were waiting for him.
-I'm in America, following the
-footsteps of the Welshman...
-..who came to Oregon
-to rape a ten-year-old girl.
-A fortnight after Gareth Hall
-returned to Wales...
-..he was on his way back to America.
-But detectives were waiting for him
-at Chicago airport.
-He was arrested while on board
-he admitted having sex...
-..with the ten-year-old girl
-But he denied knowing her age.
-The age of sexual consent
-in Oregon is 18.
-He said that, at the time that they
-chatted, she purported to be 17.
-But said that she would be 18 soon
-as it was going to be her birthday.
-And that then they would be able to
-engage in sex once she turned 18.
-She disclosed to us that she
-initially told him...
-..that she was 14 years old,
-but later told him that she was 10.
-I've had a lot of interaction
-with this girl.
-There is nothing about
-..that would indicate
-she's any older.
-She looked like a little kid.
-Gareth asks the victim...
-.."so what you thought about
-the time we spent together?"
-And she responded, "I thought about
-pink, fluffy, unicorns."
-Continuing that, "the unicorns
-were dancing on rainbows."
-When detectives asked him why
-he had returned to the country...
-..he asked for a solicitor.
-Gareth's return to the US lacked
-a lot of explanation and logic.
-He said that he was coming back
-to the United States...
-..to go to Kansas to find a place
-where he could shoot some guns...
-..and just look around.
-The detectives knew that he'd been
-to America before...
-..to work at a camp
-for disabled children.
-They feared that this was not
-the first time he'd offended.
-I believe the possibility of Gareth
-having other victims...
-..or potential victims
-in the US is very real.
-The FBI were worried that he'd been
-in contact with more children.
-They made a nationwide appeal asking
-for any information about him...
-..and his movements
-during his time here.
-Gareth Hall was transported
-back to Eugene...
-..and held at the Lane County Adult
-The bail was set at 1.5 million.
-He asked for a Welsh translator
-to assist him in court.
-The New York Welsh Government office
-searched for a translator...
-..on behalf of the court
-in Lane County...
-..and this Welshman received a call
-asking him to do the work.
-Why did Gareth Hall feel that
-he needed a translator in court?
-Because Welsh is his first language.
-In a case like this,
-it being so serious, naturally...
-..he didn't want to address
-the court in his second language.
-In court, the translator met
-the defendant for the first time.
-One of the first things that struck
-me when I walked in...
-..was that this was real life,
-not Perry Mason.
-We've all seen American court cases
-This particular case
-was extremely serious.
-I remember that he was wearing
-orange prison clothes.
-His feet were in chains
-and he was handcuffed.
-Seeing someone so young in handcuffs
-was quite disturbing.
-The judge came in and sat
-right in front of Gareth...
-..and outlined what would happen
-if he pleaded guilty or innocent...
-..and whether his case would be
-tried by jury or without a jury.
-Gareth Hall faced a series
-Four charges of raping
-an under-age girl.
-Two charges of sodomy.
-One charge of kidnapping.
-And one charge of sexual grooming
-of a child online.
-After some discussion...
-..the prosecution dropped
-the kidnapping charge.
-It was time for Gareth Hall
-to enter his plea.
-He pleaded guilty
-to all other charges.
-In this court document, it says...
-.."I enter the guilty pleas because
-I am guilty of these crimes.
-"I offer my plea of guilty freely
-and voluntarily, of my own accord.
-"With a full understanding
-of the charge...
-"..and of what I am giving up
-by this plea."
-By pleading guilty,
-Gareth Hall avoided a full trial.
-But, on St David's Day, 2016, he was
-back in court to be sentenced.
-The room was full because the press
-was there as well as the police.
-The judge outlined the background of
-the case and the sentencing options.
-The least he could expect
-was about 25 years...
-..and the most was 50 years.
-After the lawyers' statements...
-..the judge allowed the family
-to address the court.
-The girl's grandmother voiced
-She called Gareth Hall
-..and said that her granddaughter
-had fallen into a trap...
-..and that what he did had
-completely destroyed her family.
-Then, Gareth Hall was allowed
-He said in Welsh, that he was sorry
-about everything that had happened.
-And that he hadn't realized
-that the girl was so young.
-That's all he said.
-That's all I translated.
-But Judge Jay McAlpin didn't agree.
-After seeing photos
-of the ten-year-old girl...
-..he told the defence
-that, in his opinion...
-..this wasn't an innocent mistake.
-He pronounced the sentence.
-It was the maximum.
-Fifty years without parole.
-He was certainly shocked.
-It was a blow.
-I didn't have to translate
-anything for him.
-But he didn't understand
-why he'd been given the maximum.
-There was an argument made
-that a sentence of fifty years...
-..can be more than murder.
-In some cases, that's true.
-In this case, given what he did
-to a ten-year-old repeatedly...
-..and the laws that we have here...
-..he actually got what he deserved.
-Five hours drive to the east of
-Eugene, is the town of Pendleton.
-This is where the Eastern Oregon
-Correctional Institution is located.
-Gareth Hall is now one of 1,700
-prisoners locked up here.
-He is on a housing unit...
-..and he shares his cell
-with one other inmate.
-Prisoners have to work every day.
-Some in the kitchens
-..and others in a factory
-that produces their own denim.
-The prison blues.
-Although they have the right
-to family visits...
-..opportunities to communicate
-with the outside world are few.
-There are stringent safety rules.
-The prison won't allow us
-to film inside.
-They are concerned about security.
-They say that allowing one of their
-inmates to be interviewed...
-..and this could interfere with
-Gareth Hall's rehabilitation.
-But, although our request to talk
-to him was refused...
-..Gareth Hall responded to us
-He said that at the moment,
-he isn't ready to tell his story...
-..because of his restricted
-He said he would contact us
-in the near future.
-He signs himself,
-Yours sincerely, Gareth.
-Catching sex offenders who operate
-online is a huge challenge...
-..for police forces
-across the world.
-Protecting children and young people
-from those dangers...
-..is more difficult than ever.
-Gareth Hall would certainly have had
-a much lighter sentence in Britain.
-But here, in Oregon,
-the message is clear.
-This case should act as a warning
-to any child sex offender.
-This is not something
-that is taken lightly.
-This is an absolute, serious,
-Gareth was held accountable.
-Anybody else who attempts
-..would be held accountable
-in the same manner.
-North Wales Police are still
-examining Gareth Hall's computers.
-The FBI are still appealing
-..about any further offences
-Knowing that the person's
-no longer out there...
-..makes me feel that we did our job.
-Gareth Hall may well be
-in his seventies...
-..before he is allowed
-to leave prison.
-But it's a life sentence for the
-little girl he raped and her family.
-They have to live with what he did.
-The victim is going to have to
-figure out how to deal with this...
-..throughout her life,
-throughout that fairy tale...
-..of getting married
-and falling in love.
-This will always haunt her
-and will always be her demon.
-Those type of predators don't ever
-belong back on our streets...
-..in America, in Wales, anywhere,
-because children are sacred.
-S4C Subtitles by Testun Cyf.
Achos dyn o Gaernarfon gafodd ddedfryd o 50 mlynedd mewn carchar ar ôl teithio i America i dreisio merch 10 oed. The case of a Caernarfon man imprisoned for raping a 10 year old in Oregon.