September 2016

Pervert who sexually abused 3 children, jailed for more than 17 years


A Southampton man who sexually abused three vulnerable children in the 1990s has been jailed for 17-and-a-half-years.

Ryan Williams, who used to be known as John Hopkins, repeatedly raped one girl, forced himself on a young boy, and groped another girl.

The 54-year-old, who now lives in Southampton, carried out the abuse when he lived in Grange Park and Moredon.

Although he denied the offending, telling a jury the allegations made him ‘sick to the stomach’, he was convicted following a trial at Swindon Crown Court.

But just a few years before he started the campaign of abuse he was convicted of having sex with a child.

Although the boy made a complaint to police in 1995 that Williams had sex with him against his will, the case collapsed due to a lack of evidence.

But when the girl came forward in 2014 to tell of what he did to her, he was arrested again and another girl also told how he molested her when she was 11-years-old.

Williams, pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape, four of indecent assault, and two of serious sexual assault on the boy.

He was found guilty of all but one of the serious sexual assaults, which included multi incident counts of indecent assault and rape.

The court was told that he had a conviction for unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 16 from 1987.

Jailing him Judge Tim Mousley QC said “The victims: each one of them was particularly vulnerable.

“It is aggravated by a number of matters. Firstly your previous conviction which was five years or thereabouts before this began.

“There is a small amount of mitigation in that you have committed no offences of a similar nature since then, but that is limited because of the time and number of victims of this offending. I do take account of your ill health.

“Anyone who saw the three victims give evidence in this case, reliving what you did to them, would have seen the extreme effects on each one of them that your abuse had.

“Their youth, adolescence, and young adult life up to their mid 30s has been virtually destroyed by what you did.

“At last I hope each of them can get closure and move on and live life to the full, but it won’t be easy. There must be a custodial sentence of some length.”