Barrister jailed for child sex offences disbarred

Sims: Jailed for three and a half years

A barrister convicted of multiple child sex offences last year and jailed for three and a half years has now been disbarred.

Guy Rohan Sims travelled across the country with the intention of sexually abusing teenage girls, unaware that they were not real.

A jury unanimously found him guilty of three counts of arranging or facilitating commission of a child sex offence.

A panel of the Bar Tribunals & Adjudication Service disbarred him earlier this week. The full ruling has not yet been published. He was called in 2000 and was 53 at the time of conviction.

During September 2017, Sims used teenage dating app MyLOL and instant messaging app Kik to talk online to two people who he believed were 13-year-old schoolgirls.

Posing as an 18-year-old man, he arranged to meet one of the girls and, on 27 September 2017, travelled from Cambridge to Portsmouth “with the intention of engaging in sexual activity with her”, according to the police.

When he arrived, he was arrested by officers who found he had cider and a condom, along with camouflage leaf netting in his car.

According to an Oxford Mail report of his trial, Sims claimed he had found the alcohol on the street and had the netting because it was used at his daughter’s Woodcraft Folk youth club, rather than because he wanted to take the girl to the woods.

The police said he had also arranged to meet another of the girls on the same day.

Having been released under investigation, in 2019 Sims engaged in a sexual conversation with a third person he believed to be a 13-year-old schoolgirl and arranged to meet her in Oxford.

Sims claimed he wanted to see if police officers were on the web hunting potential paedophiles. But the jury convicted him in less than four hours.

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