October 2018: Living in Wem

June 2018

Wakefield Theatre Royal senior manager sacked over indecent images of children as young as three-years-old

A senoir manager at Wakefield Theatre Royal for 13 years was sacked after he was convicted of possessing indecent images of children.

Leeds Crown Court heard Gareth Williams, 47, who worked as a production manager at the theatre in Wakefield city centre, admitted three charges of making a total of 455 indecent images and movies of children aged between three and 12-years-old between March 2016 and May 2017.

The court was told Williams’ life is “in pieces” – his wife has divorced him and he is living in a camper van on the driveway of his mother’s home.

Prosecutor, Bashir Ahmed said West Yorkshire Police were notified that an internet provider address linked to Williams’ mobile phone number had uploaded an indecent image of a child.

Mr Ahmed said police enquiries led to Williams’ home in the Wakefield area and a warrant was executed and the house searched on May 10 2017.

His mobile phone and computer equipment was seized, along with a USB memory stick.

Mr Ahmed said that in police interview, Williams accepted he had been involved in web applications like Chatstop and Utox , adding: “He was involved in chat with other like minded individuals for sexual gratification purposes and through those chat rooms he had shared indecent images of children.”

On the seized USB memory stick police found 29 indecent images and nine movies at category A, the most serious level.

They also found 26 category B images and two movies and 397 category C images and one movie.

Judge Neil Clark sentenced Williams to a 12-month community order with a 12-days of rehabilitation activity and 160 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Clark also made Williams the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for five years and said his name will be on the sex offender register for five years.