Vigilante helps catch paedophile in sting

By Cambrian News reporter in Crime

AN Aberystwyth paedophile caught for a second time trying to arrange sex with an underage girl has been jailed for three years and four months.

David John Williams, 54, was caught in a sting operation run by a member of the public.

Williams, of Corporation Street, admitted attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence and breaching a sexual harm prevention order imposed for earlier offending.

Robin Rouch, prosecuting, said Williams had been jailed for 21 months in September 2015, for arranging to meet an underage girl for sex. She turned out to be a police officer.

In October 2016, shortly after his release from prison, Williams joined an internet chat room and made contact with “Louise”, who in fact was James Agius from St Helens, Merseyside. Mr Agius had posted a photograph of a young-looking female friend in the hope of catching paedophiles.

Mr Rouch said “Louise” told Williams she was aged 14 “but that did not deter him.”

Williams went on to send “Louise” a photograph of his penis and to tell her he wanted to take her virginity.

“Louise” agreed to meet Williams at Aberystwyth railway station on 29 October. At that point Mr Agius contacted the police who went to Williams’ home as he was preparing to leave for the meeting.

Officers examined his mobile telephone but could find nothing incriminating. They asked him if he had any other devices capable of accessing the internet and Williams replied “no”.

But a second mobile was found during a search and that contained all the messages he had exchanged with “Louise”.

Williams’ barrister, Dyfed Thomas, said he wanted to take advantage of any courses that might help him change his attitude towards underage girls.

Judge Geraint Walters said Williams was a man who was “addicted” to young girls and who “lived and breathed every day” the thought of having sex with them. Judge Walters said he was satisfied that Williams posed a significant danger to young girls. He extended the licence period by three years, meaning that Williams could be recalled to prison after his release anytime until August 2021.

Judge Walters also issued a fresh sexual harm prevention order to run indefinitely.

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