October 2017

Paedophile jailed for 15 years after sexually abusing a girl for a decade

A paedophile will be behind bars for over 15 years after the sexual abuse of a girl for a decade.

William Wallace, 45, initially called the allegations “a load of rubbish” and only admitted them two months before his trial.

At Nottingham Crown Court, Judge Sarah Buckingham said he had tried to minimise the offences which included rape and sexual assault.

“Make no mistake, you are a paedophile. You clearly have an uncontrollable sexual attraction to children. It is patently obvious you have a sexual interest in young girls.

“You used her as your plaything to do as you wished. She was a little girl,” said the judge.

She imposed a prison term of 15 years and three months. He will not be able to seek parole until he reaches the last year of that sentence – and may have to complete the full term.

At one point, Wallace blamed the offences on alcohol but the judge told him: “Quite frankly, that is the most ridiculous explanation I have ever heard.

“It was gross and revolting. It was mercifully one victim,” added the judge, who earlier described it as “a campaign of sexual assault leading up to and including rape.”

The court heard that the offences were committed in Long Eaton. Wallace now lives in Lefn Hengoed, South Wales.

Jeremy Janes, prosecuting, said they began when he started kissing the girl. They only ended when she reached the age of 18. Police began to investigate last year.

“He said she should not tell anyone what he was doing, that he could go to prison and she would not want that,” Mr Janes told the court.

“In interview, he denied the allegations. He accepted that he drank heavily. He said ‘these are fabrications, these are a load of rubbish,'” Mr Janes told the judge.

A trial was then set up before Wallace admitted 14 charges two months before it was due to begin.

In a statement, the victim said she suffers from flashbacks and had lost her confidence.

“I know it is wrong but I feel ashamed at what he did,” she added.

Stephen Thomas, mitigating, told the judge: “He understands these are extremely serious offences. He understands in reality there is very little which can be said in mitigation.

“He is taking a level of responsibility for the offences and spared the victim the trauma of a trial. The plea is an acknowledgment of the suffering and damage his behaviour has caused.”

Wallace was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life. He was barred from having contact with any girl under 16 and must give police details of any relationships.