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Paedophile, now 69, built makeshift film studio where he forced boy, eight, to abuse young girl

Robert Cameron Wells (pictured), now 69, told the boy he was going to be an actor and a star after leading him onto his makeshift film studio

A paedophile former police surgeon built a makeshift film studio where he forced a drugged eight-year-old boy to abuse a young girl, a judge has heard.

Robert Cameron Wells, now 69, told the boy he was going to be an actor and a star after leading him onto his makeshift film studio.

Wells directed while another man operated the camera, his victim said, at a studio built inside a converted scrapyard office. 

His victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, described the windowless room as empty apart from a hospital style bed, lights and a large camera.

The drugged boy went along with Wells who he knew was a police doctor.

Now aged 31, he described being forced to abuse another young girl while they were filmed somewhere in Sussex during October 1998.

Wells already admitted another 13 charges against three more victims and the jury were told he is already serving two lengthy sentences for similar child sex abuse offences.

Wells faces spending the rest of his life in prison after a jury at Hove convicted him of three offences against children.

The jury at Lewes Crown Court in Hove found Wells guilty on two counts of indecency with a child and another charge of attempting to make an indecent image of a child.

His Honour Judge David Rennie told Wells he would consider all options including a life sentence.

Wells said 'thankyou' before he was taken down.

Jennifer Knight QC for the Crown told the court Wells qualified as a doctor in the 1970s and worked as a GP in Caerleon, South Wales for ten years before moving to Brighton in 1990.

Wells worked as a forensic medical examiner for Hampshire Police and in private practice.

He was convicted in 2017 of four indecent assaults on child patients when he was a GP in Wales.

In Feb 2003, he was arrested after filming himself sexually abusing two young girls after drugging them at his flat in Southampton.

He was jailed for 15 years at Winchester Crown Court in 2004.

After being released in 2015, he was arrested again when he failed to keep to the conditions of his licence.

He was jailed again for another seven years following another trial in Cardiff.

A cold case review of his case led to the discovery of new abuse videos on his computers and he has been convicted of multiple offences of indecent assault, rape and filming of girls who he befriended in Brighton.

Jennifer Knight QC for the Crown told the court Wells (pictured in 1989) qualified as a doctor in the 1970s and worked as a GP in Caerleon, South Wales for ten years before moving to Brighton in 1990

Wells refused to meet police when they went to interview him in prison and in February last year he was charged by post after again refusing to meet with detectives.

The eight-year-old said he was drugged and driven to an industrial area he remembers being like a scrapyard.

He told police he walked up metal stairs to the cabin where Wells and another man had set up their studio.

The boy, who was visiting Brighton from his home in Scotland, told police Wells said he would make him a star after leading him into the makeshift studio.

'He said come on you can do it, you're going to be like an actor, you're going to be a star,' the boy revealed. 'He kept saying don't look at the camera. It was a dark room.

'I don't think there were any windows. It had quite a low ceiling.'

The boy said Wells, another man and a girl he had never seen before were in the room. 'There was the bed with the girl on it,' he said.

'It was like a hospital-style bed. There was a white sheet on it. I remember the light was very bright.

'I remember saying hello to the girl and she didn't respond. I remember Wells saying she was sleeping but I remember her blinking.

'Wells and the other man talked, then the other man went and stood in the corner with the camera.

The jury at Lewes Crown Court (pictured) in Hove found Wells guilty on two counts of indecency with a child and another charge of attempting to make an indecent image of a child

'There was nothing in the room at all apart from the girl on the bed and the man with the camera. I think she was younger than me.

'I just remember standing there and Wells giving me instructions. I remember the other man because of what he said, I don't like this kid because he's asking too many questions.

'Wells said something like, don't worry it'll be fine, like it always is.'

Wells, who had a private practice in Brighton gave the boy a white pill before driving him to the cabin.

He described his feelings as he told police what he could remember. 'There's parts of me that want to know what happened to me.

'There's part of me that wishes he had given me two pills and I wouldn't remember any of it,' he said. 'There's part of me that wishes he'd given me three pills and I would be dead. I'm quite a sociable person, as much as I can be. I've never trusted anyone in my life.'

The boy said he went along with the family friend who he thought was a policeman.

'I asked him if it was police work because I knew he was a police doctor,' the boy said. 'I knew something wasn't right, but I didn't know what it was but I thought it would be alright because he was a policeman.'

The boy and his mother moved to Scotland soon after he started primary school but he visited Hove during the half-term break in October 1998 for a birthday party.

Ms Knight said Wells directed the abuse while the other man worked the camera.

'Wells gave him something that looked like a small hammer or judges' gavel. Robert Wells told him to put it into the vagina of the girl lying on the bed.'

The boy found the events impossible to forget and went to police in January 2016.

Detective Constable Owen Watkins of Sussex Police said: 'Wells was clearly a systematic and serial sexual abuser of young people, using his charm and air of professional distinction to lure them into a sense of false security, for his own gratification.

'Only one of the victims was abused by Wells acting in his official capacity as a doctor, but all the others came to know him, whether through family or work, because of his role and were clearly influenced by his status.

'These convictions, and his previous convictions, show how his appalling record goes over many years and it is reassuring for his victims, and for the wider community to know that he is going to be in no position to continue preying upon innocent people for many years to come.

'His victims in this case have given full support to the investigation. One of them, now in his thirties, gave evidence in court, and the others were ready to do so. We admire the strength and bravery shown by all of them, which was so crucial in ensuring that justice was done.'

Wells pleaded guilty to 16 other offences (19 total including three guilty verdicts today).

He assaulted a 15-year-old girl in West Sussex in 1998 while conducting what he called a a ‘pre-abortion’ examination at his surgery in Portslade.

He assaulted a woman known to him, aged 18 in 2002 in Coventry.

He admitted two rapes and seven offences of indecent assault on a girl aged nine in 2001 in the West Midlands and Brighton.

Four offences of taking an indecent photograph of a child, all against the same girl, one in the West Midlands and Brighton.

He admitted another offence of indecent assault on a woman aged 18 in Southampton in 2002.

Wells will be sentenced on September 6. 

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