April 2021

Paedophile caught with child rape images keeps job working with computers

A paedophile who was caught with images of child rape has kept his IT job.

Peter Williams was found with a sickening collection which included more than 100 child rape images.

In total he owned 237 images, but a court heard today he has been kept on in his IT role for a ‘food company on the outskirts of Chester’.

The 28-year-old was arrested after a police raid on his home revealed he kept a vile library of images across three devices.

Jo Maxwell, prosecuting, explained police raided his home on January 20 last year after they “received information” that there may be indecent images of children on devices at the address.

Ms Maxwell said: “When officers attended that morning the defendant was absent but was contacted by telephone and returned home.”

Williams was arrested and police later discovered child sex abuse images on a Samsung laptop, a tower computer and a Windows Surface tablet.

Ms Maxwell explained that there were 117 category A images, which are the most serious, 78 category B and another 78 category C images.

She told the court that of the 273 images 161 are “unique”, meaning not duplicates.

The sick images included both boys and girls and involved children whose ages ranged between four and 12.

Ms Maxwell said police also discovered Williams has entered search terms “indicative of attempts to find indecent images of children”.

Williams was arrested and interviewed on December 11 where he “accepted responsibility”.

The court heard Williams works for “a food company on the outskirts of Chester” and has remained in employment following his charge.

Williams, of Crosthwaite Avenue, Eastham, admitted three counts of making indecent images and one count of possessing 273 indecent images between November 2019 and January 2020.

Judge Gary Woodhall, sentencing, noted that Williams was of previous good character and had “accepted responsibility”.

The judge said: “There was peer-to-peer software upon the devices.”

Judge Woodhall said the software does allow sharing of images to take place but added “the police have confirmed despite a paragraph in the report that might have indicated otherwise, and caused me some consternation, police confirmed there is no evidence of you distributing images”.

The judge said: “If that had been the case the sentencing outcome would have been very very different.”

Judge Woodhall quoted parts of a character reference by Williams’s sister in which she described him as “shy”, “emotionally immature” and “someone who struggles with making and keeping relationships”.

She also said Williams had suffered a period of depression.

The judge said a probation officer described him as a “low risk of reoffending”.

Suspending the sentence, Judge Woodhall said he kept in mind Williams’ “good character”, “the steps you have sought to take”, the “assistance from your family” and his employment.

The judge said: “All of which indicate there’s a realistic prospect of rehabilitation.”

Williams was given an eight month sentence suspended for 12 months and must complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to undertake 20 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days

A Sexual Harm Prevention Order was also imposed for seven years and Williams must also sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.