A Wirral man has been jailed today, Tuesday 26 July, for making and possessing indecent images of children.
George Williams, aged 72, of New Ferry, was sentenced to 20 months after admitting three counts of making indecent images of children, possession of prohibited images and breach of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
He was also handed a 10 year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be required to sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.
Extensive enquiries by specialist officers led to a warrant being executed at Williams’ home address. Police seized his electronic devices which were found to contain thousands of indecent images of children, ranging from Category A to Category C.
Williams was arrested by police, charged and remanded into custody, after admitting the offences in court on Tuesday 24 May.
The Officer in Charge of the investigation, Detective Constable Rory Quigley said, “We welcome that Williams is now behind bars and can no longer cause harm to children.
“Williams made thousands of vile images and we hope that he will now reflect on the consequences of his utterly depraved actions while serving his jail time.
“Today’s result shows that Merseyside Police are completely committed to stopping the possession and distribution of indecent images and, ultimately protecting children from sexual abuse and those who seek to do them harm. We work with other UK forces, agencies and the Child Exploitation Online Protection centre as well as law enforcement agencies across the world who share our determination to protect children from dangerous offenders, like Williams, online.
“We have specialist officers within our Online Child Abuse Investigations team who are dedicated to investigating these crimes, bringing those responsible before the courts and ultimately protecting young people from unimaginable suffering.
“Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to stress that if you have experienced any form of sexual abuse, or know of a child being abused, please come forward and report this to police.
“We take all such reports extremely seriously and if you can find the courage to come forward and speak to us we have specially trained officers who will treat you with sensitivity and compassion.”
If you’ve been affected by sexual violence of any kind don’t be afraid to tell someone, find the courage to come forward and get the help you deserve.
There is a lot of support available from specialist officers within Merseyside Police and through the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Victim Care Merseyside service delivered jointly by two registered charities.
In Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral, support is provided by Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (RASA) Merseyside who are available on 0151 558 1801 and, in St Helens and Knowsley, by the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) Cheshire and Merseyside who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063.
If you are a child or young person suffering sexual or physical abuse, the following organisations can also provide help and support:
NSPCC – call 0808 800 5000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Childline – call 0800 1111
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