August 2013

Paedophile used Facebook to offer 15-year-olds money for sexual favours


A paedophile made explicit suggestions and offered drugs and money in return for sexual favours after contacting two 15-year-old girls on Facebook, a court heard.

Paul Anthony Williams, 36, of no fixed address, was jailed for 40 months at Caernarfon crown court and must register as a sex offender for life. A court order restricts his internet use and contact with girls.

Williams admitted sexual grooming and inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity. Police were alerted after the mother of one of the teenagers, of Prestatyn and Denbigh, saw Facebook messages from Williams.

Defence counsel Simon Mintz said Williams’s record was “unappealing” but his last sex offence was a decade ago. Although there was “sex talk” with the girls, no sexual assaults actually took place.

Prosecutor Caroline Harris said Williams’s history included a 1996 conviction for indecent assault on a girl of six, and sexual intercourse with underage girls.

Recorder Keith Bush said Williams was “extremely dangerous” to young girls. He had persistently contacted one of his latest victims to meet up for sexual purposes.

The judge said “serious distress” had been caused. “Mercifully, matters didn’t proceed as far as any physical meeting between you and the young girls,” he added.

“It’s behaviour which I’m sad to say seems to be part of your personality.”