Child abuser given indeterminate sentence for public protection

20/05/2011

Former Lincolnshire police officer and scout leader William Andrew Wright has been given an indeterminate sentence for the public protection after he pleaded guilty to 32 offences including sexual assaults upon children and the making and distribution of indecent images of children.

Fiona Showell, Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS East Midlands said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has worked closely with Lincolnshire Police to bring a dangerous offender to justice.

"William Wright used his position as a scout leader to contact children, sexually assaulting some and contacting others over the internet by using false identities.

"One of the mothers of the children he contacted was concerned about this inappropriate contact via the internet and reported it to the police.

"The Crown Prosecution Service commends the actions of this lady in identifying the issue and alerting the police, leading to the investigation and conviction of William Wright.

"This case highlights the need for all parents to be vigilant and aware of the associations their children are forming via the internet.

"Due to the quantity and nature of the evidence against him, William Wright pleaded guilty to these offences which meant that the children concerned were spared from having to testify in court.

"He has been sentenced to an indeterminate sentence for public protection which means that while he must serve his minimum term, which is three years and ten months, before he can apply for parole, he will not be released until the parole board is satisfied that he no longer poses a danger to the public."