May 2008

Ex-BB captain denies offences, but is jailed

FORMER Boys’ Brigade captain Kenneth Charles Williams still denies his sex crimes months after he was unanimously convicted by a Teesside Crown Court jury.

Williams, of Scalby Square, Thornaby, was found guilty in March of 11 charges of indecent assault and one other serious sexual offence and was jailed for seven years yesterday.

The crimes against two boys date back up to four decades when ex-steel worker Williams was living in Middlesbrough.

He subjected the first boy to a series of sexual assaults, despite the boy telling him to stop and leave him alone.

The boy, now a married dad in his forties, said the repeated advances which terrified him were dismissed by Williams at the time as “a bit of fun”.

He spoke out years later, having previously felt frightened, intimidated, confused and embarrassed.

The second complainant had already been sexually abused earlier in his life when Williams repeatedly indecently assaulted him in his teens.

Williams claimed the victims made up the allegations, but he could not explain why.

In mitigation yesterday, John Gillette said: “Mr Williams maintains his denials.

“He describes himself as totally exhausted and crushed.

“He is a man who will be of advanced years when he’s finally released.”

He said Williams was of previous good character, had worked hard all of his life, including work for the Post Office and Nacro, and had medical problems which could see him hospitalised.

He suggested one of the offences against the second boy was no longer a criminal offence – but the judge said Williams took advantage of him.

Williams was still allowed to see his grandchildren, but the case had caused some ill feeling in his family.

Sentencing, Judge George Moorhouse said: “I am satisfied that each of these offences is so serious as to justify a custodial sentence.”

The judge banned Williams from working with children for life and gave him a sexual offences prevention order. Williams will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Detective Constable Sharon Husband from Cleveland Police said today: “No sentence will justify their experience at the hands of Williams, but now the victims can lay this to rest.” She was praised by the two victims outside court.

The first complainant said he hoped for a longer sentence: “He certainly deserved what he got, without any shadow of a doubt.”

The second said: “I’m quite happy with the sentence but at the same time I think the judge was slightly lenient.”