July 2017

Disgraceful paedophile police officer sentenced to life in prison

A former Lincolnshire Police officer has been sentenced to life for the sexual assault of a boy.

William Andrew Wright, who was also a former scout leader, was given the sentence at Lincoln Crown Court today, July 13 and will need to serve at least 12 years.

The 30-year-old was found guilty by a unanimous jury on May 26 of eight counts of rape and sexual assault on a boy.

Judge Simon Hirst placed Wright on the sex offenders’ register for life.

When passing sentence at Lincoln Crown Court, Judge Hirst told Wright: “I am satisfied that your offences are so serious that a sentence of life imprisonment must be imposed.

“It is important that you and everyone else in this case should understand that the minimum term is not a fixed term. It is the minimum term you will spend in custody before you can be considered for release by the Parole Board. It will be for the Parole Board to decide whether you should be released.”

Wright, formerly of Townhill Lane, Bucknall, near Woodhall Spa, is currently in prison for previous convictions.

Victoria Rose, prosecuting, said that the victim was just a young boy when Wright began sexually abusing him.

She said the boy had been taken back to Wright’s flat at the University of Lincoln campus.

She added that on one occasion Wright removed the boy’s trousers and brutally beat him with a belt, leaving him crying in pain before then raping him.

She told the court that the victim began self-harming as a result of what was happening and continues to be affected by the abuse.

Wright was jailed in 2011 after admitting a total of 32 charges linked to sex crimes.

The charges included six of sexual assault, eight charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, one charge of attempting to incite a child, one charge of inciting a teenage girl to engage in pornography, 11 charges of making indecent photographs of a child, three charges of possession of indecent photographs, one charge of taking an indecent photograph and a further charge of distributing indecent photographs.

The offences involved victims aged between eight and 17 and occurred between September 2007 and April 2010, including a period before he joined the police as well as offences after he resigned.

Wright is originally from Northern Ireland where he first became involved in the scout movement.

He moved to England to study at the University of Lincoln and continued his involvement in scouting.

After finishing his university course Wright, whose father served with the Royal Ulster Constabulary for 23 years, worked with the probation service before successfully applying to join Lincolnshire Police.

He quit the force in December 2009 while he was on bail.

May 2017

Former Lincolnshire Police officer & scout leader guilty of 8 counts of rape against boys

A former Lincolnshire Police officer and scout leader has been found guilty of eight counts of rape and sexual assault of boys.

William Andrew Wright, who is currently serving an indefinite jail sentence for previous child sexual offences, was found guilty of the further sickening crimes by a unanimous jury verdict following a trial at Lincoln Crown Court.

The 30-year-old will be sentenced on July 7.

Wright, formerly of Townhill Lane, Bucknall, near Woodhall Spa, was jailed in 2011 after admitting a total of 32 charges linked to sex crimes.

The charges included six of sexual assault, eight charges of inciting a child to engage in sexualactivity, one charge of attempting to incite a child, one charge of inciting a teenage girl to engage in pornography, 11 charges of making indecent photographs of a child, three charges of possession of indecent photographs, one charge of taking an indecent photograph and a further charge of distributing indecent images of children

The offences involved victims aged between eight and 17 and occurred between September 2007 and April 2010 including a period before he joined the police as well as offences after he resigned.

Investigations revealed that Wright had set up an MSN account using the identity of a fictitious 13 year-old girl “Jenny Curran” which allowed him to gain access to adolescent boys.

Wright used the false identity to persuade boys he was interested in a relationship with them. He would then ask them to photograph their own private parts and send him the images.

Wright also carried out sex attacks on five young boys aged between just eight and 12.

Even after he was arrested in October 2009 and bailed pending further investigations he moved back to his family in Northern Ireland and carried on committing further offences.

The subsequent police inquiry resulted in over 200 young boys being contacted by officers.

Wright is originally from Northern Ireland where he first became involved in the scout movement.

He moved to England to study at the University of Lincoln and continued his involvement in scouting.

After finishing his university course Wright, whose father served with the Royal Ulster Constabulary for 23 years, worked with the probation service before successfully applying to join Lincolnshire Police.

He quit the force in December 2009 while he was on bail.

In 2011, he persuaded young boys to send indecent photos via the internet and sexually abused members of his scout group.

On that occasion he was given an indefinite sentence for public protection, with a minimum term of three years and 10 months.

May 2011

Police officer and scout leader ‘predatory paedophile’

A police officer and scout leader who led a double life as a “predatory paedophile” has been jailed indefinitely.

Ex-Lincolnshire Pc William Wright persuaded young boys to send indecent photos via the internet and sexually abused members of his scout group.

The 24-year-old admitted a total of 32 charges at Lincoln Crown Court.

He was given an indefinite sentence for public protection, with a minimum term of three years and 10 months.

However, he was told he will only be released when he no longer poses a danger to children.

Wright, known as Andy, pretended to be a teenage girl on social networking sites.

He was arrested when a mother noticed “disturbing” messages on her son’s Facebook account and called police.

‘Deep-seated paedophilia’

After being bailed, he returned to his native Northern Ireland and committed further offences before being remanded in custody.

Wright, formerly of Townhill Lane, Bucknall, Lincolnshire, admitted six counts of sexual assault, eight of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, one of attempting to incite a child, one of inciting a teenage girl to engage in pornography and 11 of making indecent photographs of a child.

He also pleaded guilty to three charges of possession of indecent photographs, one of taking an indecent photograph and a further charge of distributing indecent photographs.

The offences involved victims, aged between eight and 17, and occurred between September 2007 and April 2010, the court heard.

Judge Sean Morris described Wright as a man with “deep-seated paedophilia tendencies”, and said the sheer number of offences and his determined nature meant he had to be the subject of an indefinite sentence.

‘Clever and calculating’

Det Supt Guy Collings of Lincolnshire Police said the “dangerous predatory paedophile” manoeuvred himself into positions of trust that gave him direct access to children and young people.

He said: “Wright is a clever, calculating and devious individual. He was able to present the outward image of a plausible, decent person to both the scouts and Lincolnshire Police, not to mention many other people that he met.

“He also used modern technology to lure children and young people into his web via the internet.”

Wright, who studied forensic science at Lincoln University, joined Lincolnshire Police in January 2009, but resigned from the force that December after being arrested two months earlier.

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