September 2017

Hemel Hempstead & Bedford paedophile sentenced to 18 years for rape and abuse

Andrew Williams

A 50-year-old man has been jailed for 18 years for a string of sexual offences against children as young as four in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Andrew Williams, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Luton Crown Court for 20 counts of sexual abuse, with a judge commenting that it would be difficult to say whether he would ever not pose a danger to children, telling Williams “you have no insight into who you are”.

The paedophile committed crimes against five victims over a 13 year period — the most recent of which occurred in 2015 — with the victims aged between four and ten years old at the time of the crimes.

Williams pleaded guilty to all offences on 22 May, which included two counts of causing a child to watch a sexual act, six counts of sexual assault of a female aged under 13, four counts of making indecent images of children, one count of sexual exposure and two counts of exposure, all of which occurred in Hemel Hempstead between 2012 and 2015

He was also sentenced to one count of rape of a female aged under 13, three counts of indecent assault on a female aged under 14 and one count of sexual assault of a female aged under 13, committed in Bedford and Houghton Conquests between 2001 and 2006.

Upon sentencing, the judge said: “The case speaks for itself: Five victims over a long period of time in which you represent a clear and obvious danger.”

Wiliams was handed an 18 year sentence alongside an extended seven year licence period, during which time he will be kept under continued supervision.

He will only be eligible for parole after he has completed three quarters of his sentence and he will be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.