Babysitter jailed for sickening abuse of girl while he read stories

A remorseless pervert who sexually abused a girl while in his teens has been jailed for three-and-a-half years. 

Babysitter Antony Williams, now 37, molested the girl while he read bedtime stories to his victim’s younger sister – and also got her to touch him. 

Despite being found guilty by jurors at Swindon Crown Court last year of two counts of indecent assault, Judge Peter Crabtree was told on Wednesday that the Penhill man still did not accept his guilt.

Asking the judge to consider imposing a suspended sentence, Don Tait, for Williams, said: “We cannot, of course, go behind the jury’s verdicts but he is adamant as so often happens in such cases that he has been wrongly convicted. 

“He understands today he has to face the consequences of what he did as a schoolboy when he was 15 or 16 years of age.”  

Jailing him for three years and six months, Judge Crabtree told Williams his crimes had had a serious and enduring impact on his victim. “She spoke of freezing when you abused her and, not surprisingly at her age, of not knowing what to do. You also told her that she should say nothing about what you were doing and it was your secret.” 

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Williams was in his mid-teens when he carried out the abuse in the late 1990s.

The assaults all took place while he was babysitting his victim. Although he also looked after the girl’s younger sister, there was no suggestion he had assaulted her.

He touched the older girl’s private parts as she lay on her bed. His victim also said he got her to touch him sexually, including while he read bedtime stories to her younger sister.

Interviewed by police in 2018, the victim said: “I just thought it was normal. I didn’t think anything of it.” She spoke of freezing when Williams carried out his assaults.

The girl told her mum about what had happened, prompting the woman to confront Williams. He denied sexually assaulting the girl, suggesting the mum take her to a doctor to show she had not been assaulted.  

Williams, of Ramsbury Avenue, Penhill, denied carrying out the abuse and claimed he was younger – aged 11 or 12 – when he babysat his victim.

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Judge Crabtree imposed a life-long sexual harm prevention order. Williams must register as a sex offender for life. 

He also admitted a charge of failing to surrender, resulting from his no-show at Swindon Crown Court for a hearing last year.

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Jail threat for babysitter found guilty of abusing girl

A babysitter has been found found guilty of molesting a young girl in the 1990s while he read her younger sister bedtime stories.

Jurors at Swindon Crown Court took more than eight hours to find Antony Williams guilty by a majority of 10 to 2 of two counts of indecent assault.

The 37-year-old, of Ramsbury Avenue, Penhill, was acquitted of three other indecent assault charges.

Bailing Williams to return to court for sentence on January 11, Judge Peter Crabtree said: “The jury have convicted you of two offences. They are serious, the starting point is custody, but I will take into account you were only 15 or 16.”

During the trial, jurors heard prosecutors allege Williams was in his mid-teens when he allegedly carried out the abuse in the late 1990s.

Virginia Cornwall, for the Crown, said the alleged assaults all took place while he was babysitting the complainant. He also looked after the girl’s younger sister, although there was no suggestion he had assaulted her.

It was said Williams had touched the older girl’s private parts as she lay on her bed. His victim also alleged he got her to touch him sexually, including while he read bedtime stories to her younger sister.

Interviewed by police in 2018, the victim said: “I just thought it was normal. I didn’t think anything of it.” She described freezing during the abuse, saying it had left her feeling dirty.

The girl was said to have told her mum about what had happened, prompting the woman to confront Williams. He denied sexually assaulting the girl

Opening the case, prosecutor Ms Cornwall said: “The Crown say that this defendant was, during the course with which we are concerned, of an age where he knew very well what was right and what was wrong and that is why he is before you now.”