Monday 23 October 2017

Facebook paedophile had 1,000 victims

Rod Minchin in London

Parents were warned last night that their children are not safe from paedophiles even in their own bedrooms as one of Britain's worst internet child sex abusers was jailed for eight and a half years yesterday.

Postman Michael Williams (29) used Facebook, Bebo and MSN Messenger to groom up to 1,000 children across Britain.

He used his trusted position in the community as a taxi driver and as a postman to target young girls on his rounds in Penryn, Cornwall, two of whom he later had sex with.

Truro Crown Court heard Williams persuaded at least 460 to perform sex acts on webcams for him which he recorded and kept on meticulously catalogued computer files.

Andrew Macfarlane, prosec- uting, said Williams posed online as a 15-year-old girl called "Gorgeous Charlie" accompanied by pictures of a Ukrainian porn star and as a boy of the same age called James .

"The defendant has for many years groomed and corrupted hundreds of children across the country," he said.

"He utilised aspects of the internet so popular with children -- Facebook, Bebo and MSN Messenger."

Williams offered mobile phone top-up vouchers if girls posed topless for him on their webcams.

Williams, of Tresooth Lane, Penryn, Cornwall, admitted eight offences of sexual activity with a child, 13 of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, three of meeting a child following grooming, two of making indecent images and one of voyeurism.

All the charges were specimens, reflecting five years of constant internet grooming and he asked for another four cases to be considered which reflected a further 460 known victims.

Irish Independent

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