July 2020

Man who was ‘persistent and deliberate’ in trying to contact young girls jailed

A man who admits having a sexual interest in children has today been locked up for continuing to speak to young girls while subject to a court order.

David Barrie Williams admitted messaging a 15-year-old girl, and who he believed was a 13-year-old girl – despite being the subject of a five year sexual harm prevention order.

The 21-year-old of Maes yr Odyn, Flint, also admitted making indecent images of children, while serving a 12 month community order for committing the same offences in 2018.

At Mold Crown Court today, Judge Niclas Parry jailed Williams for two years for the offences.

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“It’s clear you need to understand what the consequences of your choices are,” he said.

Prosecutor Ryan Rothwell, said following his previous conviction, Williams was prohibited from using social media apps without permission and communicating with children under 16.

He was also ordered to notify officers of any devices capable of accessing the Internet and to make them available upon request.

However, in October last year, following an unannounced visit to his home, officers discovered he had been using chat apps that allow users to communicate anonymously on Snapchat.

The defendant’s internet search history also revealed he’d visited an image storing website, ‘E-chat’ but when officers tried to gain access to his account, he claimed he’d forgotten his password.

The phone was examined and it was found he had also been speaking to an underage girl in August last year, who he had suggested sleeping with – despite telling him she was 15.

He had also made 13 indecent images of children of Category C – predominantly of girls between the ages of eight and 12.

He was arrested in December last year and released under investigation.

But in April this year, he acquired another phone, and began talking to someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl on ‘E-chat’.

The girl was in fact an undercover police officer, the court heard.

Williams repeatedly encouraged her to send indecent images of herself, the court heard, before sending her an image of himself in bed – despite being told she was 13.

He was arrested again in May after police went back to his house, where he was confronted about the conversation with decoy.

He denied having any devices.

However, his mum later handed officers a phone that she admitted she had “wiped back to factory settings” after confiscating it from her son after discovering he was doing “things of concern”.

Judge Parry, said: “Your conduct was persistent and deliberate, and you had no regard for that order that was made to protect children.”

“You made it clear that your aim was to contact girls and to experience having sex with a child,” he added.

“Your candour extends even further and you said there has been even more sexual activity of a similar nature with other children since your original arrest.

“There is every reason to believe were you to be successful in persuading a young girl to meet you, you would do your best to carry out your fantasies.”

Judge Parry said specialist intervention would be necessary in future, but said until that happens, he is likely to reoffend.

He made Williams the subject of a new sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.

The judge said Williams is not to have any unsupervised contact with any female under the age of 16, unless with their parent’s consent and knowledge of his offences, and with the approval of social services.

He must also keep all Internet history and give up his phone to be examined on request, and inform officers about any devices he owns.