Robert Williams – Repeat Sex Offender – Internet Predator – "every parent’s worst nightmare"

A SEXUAL predator abducted a 15-year-old girl and fled with her to France weeks after being freed on bail over another relationship with a youngster.

Robert Williams – described as “every parent’s worst nightmare” – was yesterday jailed for five years at Grimsby Crown Court, after earlier pleading guilty to child abduction and sexual activity with a child.

He will serve half of his sentence, less the 119 days he has spent on remand, and was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.

The father-of-three was on bail at the time of the incident in January this year after a complaint about a similar case involving another teenage girl.

In the first incident Williams, a lorry driver, met a 16-year-old girl on the internet and travelled from Scotland to Sussex to meet her, before booking into a hotel where the pair had sex.

He was interviewed and bailed but never charged.

But within weeks Williams arranged to meet a “naive” and “vulnerable” teenager from Cleethorpes, and whisked her off to France after taking her from her home in North East Lincolnshire on January 14.

Williams, 49, of Glebe Road, Whitburn, West Lothian, met the 15-year-old in a chatroom, where she had previously been talking to his son. He told her he was 19 and sent her a photograph of a man with a muscular body.

The court heard Williams was aware that the girl was 15 and when he later confessed his real age, she was said to be “unperturbed” by the truth.

The teenager told friends she had fallen in love with Williams and they would become engaged. During the two days before the pair went missing, they exchanged a “barrage” of nearly 500 text messages.

Williams and the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, travelled by train from Grimsby to Doncaster and then on to London, where they booked into a hotel room and had unprotected sex twice.

The next day they travelled to France by ferry and were found a week later, on January 21, when they went to the British Consulate in Lille. Staff at the Consulate contacted police and Williams was arrested.

Prosecutor Jeremy Evans told the court the girl was a virgin and did not want to have sex with him, but did not tell him.

Mr Evans said: “She says she wanted to wait until she left school and met the right person before losing her virginity, but said she did not ask the defendant to stop.”

Mr Evans said the girl told police she wanted to go home after they reached France and felt relief when they were found.

Sentencing Williams, Judge David Tremberg told him: “She appears to have been a particularly naive young girl for her years and vulnerable to the attentions of a man like you.”

He added: “The complainant feels used, which she has been.

“She is withdrawn, the effect on her and her relationship with her family has been substantial. She feels isolated and unhappy.”

In a statement read by Det Chief Insp Sharon Fielding, of Humberside Police, the girl’s family said: “We are pleased that this man is now behind bars as it means we can put this ordeal behind us and move on as a family.

Speaking for the Crown Prosecution Service outside court, Mr Evans called Williams “every parent’s worst nightmare”.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

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