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Paedophile who encouraged abuse of boy in America jailed

12/07/2017

A paedophile who encouraged the abuse of a young boy in America from his computer in Wales has been jailed today (July 12).

Darren Williams, 44, admitted encouraging or assisting the rape of a child and encouraging the distribution of indecent images at an earlier hearing at Cardiff Crown Court and was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

The court heard how Williams used online conferencing software to view and discuss images of serious sexual abuse being perpetrated against children, including live abuse.

Transcripts from the chat room during the sexual abuse of a six-year-old boy in the United States showed how Williams encouraged the abuse.

Laura Tams, from the CPS, said:

"Darren Williams clearly took sadistic pleasure in the pain and horrendous sexual abuse being inflicted on very young children.

"The prosecution built a case which showed how by watching and encouraging the abuse from behind his computer screen, Williams was guilty of encouraging the rape thousands of miles away.

"This conviction was made possible through close partnership working with the authorities both in this country and around the world."

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Notes to Editors

  1. Darren Williams admitted one charge of encouraging rape and six of encouraging the distribution of indecent images of children

  2. Laura Tams is a Specialist Prosecutor with the CPS Organised Crime Division

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