A dad has told how he made his son “do the right thing” and confess to raping a girl after learning of his crime when he saw an apology he had texted to his victim.
Jack Evans, 18, went to police and has now been sent to a young offender institution for two years and ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
And dad Jonathan, 47, told the Mirror: “I would do the same thing again, I would have to because that is my moral standing on it, it is painful but it is right.
“You cannot get on with your life if you live your life under a lie, as much as this hurts it is the right thing to do.”
At the time of the rape, Evans was 17 and studying maths, computing and history at college.
Software engineer Jonathan and wife Sarah, 47, Evans’ stepmum, were shocked when they read the text on his phone.
In it, he told his victim – who had been a virgin and did not go to police – he was sorry for her ordeal in January last year.
They went to a children’s advice centre, where they were urged to tell police.
But Jonathan, of Pontypool, South Wales, said: “I did not march him to the station, I believe you have to own what you did.
“So I had to make it his choice. I am really proud of him for coming to the conclusion that the right thing to do was admit to it. He was a bright lad, he just is made a mistake. I’m hoping being in prison will give him time to reflect.”
After Evans went to police, they traced the victim.
A court heard it was “extremely rare” to confess to a serious crime when there was no complaint.
Jonathan said many parents would have kept quiet.
But he said: “We wanted to get him to understand what he’s done.
“He’s taken it in now that what he’s done is wrong.
“It’s been very difficult but I just wanted to help him.
“We are strong as a family group and have had lots of support from friends and they are telling me I have done the right thing.”
Jonathan, who said his son suffered some social and health problems, hopes he will use his stretch to earn qualifications.
He wants him to join him at his software engineering firm when freed.
Sentencing at Merthyr Tydfil crown court last week, Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke told Evans: “Two months after the rape you apologised to your victim and said you understood why she was upset.
“But that text came to the attention of your father and mother.”
Evans became an adult before he was charged and his sentence reflected his age at the time and his guilty plea.