September 2017

Pervert enticed then molested schoolboys

A remorseless sex offender who groomed and molested two boys using “psychological manipulation” went to jail still denying his crimes.

Roy Guy Willans, 57, groomed two schoolboys with ferrets, alcohol, cigarettes, video games and camping trips, Teesside Crown Court heard.

The pizza shop worker showed pornography to the boys and sexually assaulted them more than a decade ago.

Prosecutor Shaun Dodds said Willans acted on a sexual attraction to boys and tempted the vulnerable victims with seeing ferrets at his home.

He said of the victims, now adults: “Both of them were impressive witnesses.

“There’s a curious background of almost psychological blackmail.”

He told how Willans made the boys feel they were at fault when they resisted or challenged him.

He called one a “tease”, gave another a “guilt trip” and tried to stop them reporting him.

He told a boy he would be beaten up for being gay and would have no friends if he told anyone.

His “classic predator conduct” made them feel guilty about what happened to them, Mr Dodds told a jury in a trial last month.

He said the boys made independent complaints and gave honest accounts with common features.

He described one of the boys as a “lost soul” who spoke out years later after he fell into drug use, ended up in prison and was asked by a listener to write down his troubles.

He said his experiences left “images burned in my head for years”.

He told how the abuse had a profound effect on him, affecting his relationships with girls, education and career prospects.

He said he felt dirty and disgusting but felt he could not tell anyone, became quiet and withdrawn, lost confidence and used drugs to block out his ordeals.

Willans, of Finchale Avenue, Billingham, denied 20 charges.

He denied grooming or touching the boys, giving them alcohol or showing them pornography and said nothing sexual happened with them.

He claimed allegations were lies and “absolute nonsense”.

He was convicted unanimously of 11 offences – five of indecent assault, six of indecency with a child – against both victims.

The jury cleared him of nine charges – one of rape, three of indecent assault, two of sexual assault and three of indecency with a child.

Judge Tony Briggs said Willans hoped to get away with the abuse.

He told Willans: “You do not accept guilt. There is no element of remorse in you as far as one can see.

“Be under no illusion, this is a very serious matter indeed.”

He said of the offences: “It’s perfectly plain that grooming took place and a subtle form of psychological manipulation, when it appears things had gone rather further than they expected.”

He jailed Willans for nine years with one year’s extended licence.

Willans was given a sexual harm prevention order and will be on the sex offenders’ register, both indefinitely.

August 2017

Sex offender told prison is ‘virtually inevitable’ for abuse of boys

A sex offender who groomed and molested boys is facing a “virtually inevitable” prison sentence

Roy Guy Willans, 57, stood trial at Teesside Crown Court accused of sexually assaulting two schoolboys.

He groomed them with alcohol, cigarettes, video games and camping trips, said the Crown.

The pizza shop worker showed pornography to the boys at the time of his offending more than a decade ago, jurors were told.

Prosecutor Shaun Dodds said Willans acted on a sexual attraction to boys. He told the jury: “This case is all about sexual gratification.

“The defendant cunningly starts to expose them to things.

“It’s inappropriate conduct set against grooming behaviour of the vulnerability of youth.”

He said Willans touched two boys and, when they resisted or challenged him, made them feel they were at fault, calling one a “tease” and giving another a “guilt trip”.

“The defendant manages to turn it around in quite a clever way,” Mr Dodds said to jurors.

“They start to feel guilty about what he’s done to them. Classic predator conduct, you may feel.”

He said the boys made independent complaints and gave honest accounts with common features.

He described one of the boys as a “lost soul” who Willans befriended and abused at the older man’s home.

The boy spoke out years later after he fell into drug use, ended up in prison and was asked by a listener to write down his troubles.

Now an adult, he said his experiences left “images burned in my head for years”, the court heard.

Willans, of Finchale Avenue, Billingham, denied 20 charges in a trial at Teesside Crown Court.

In the witness box, he said one of the boys came to his home to see his ferrets and he later told the boy to leave when the boy exposed himself.

He denied touching, grabbing or exposing himself to the other boy.

He denied giving either of them alcohol or showing them pornography and said nothing sexual happened with them.

During heated cross-examination, the dad laughed at questions put to him and told the prosecutor to “behave yourself”.

Mr Dodds asked: “What were you getting out of spending time with these young lads?”

“A bit of a laugh,” replied Willans.

Mr Dodds put to him: “You were grooming them, weren’t you? You gave them cigarettes, booze, with a refuge at your house. It came at a price, didn’t it?

“You were trying to groom these lads, get them on board.”

Willans said: “No. Definitely not.”

He denied taking advantage of the boys, with whom he said there had been no animosity, and claimed allegations were lies and “absolute nonsense”.

“You’re wrong,” he insisted.

He was convicted unanimously of 11 offences – five of indecent assault, six of indecency with a child – against both victims.

The jury cleared him of nine charges – one of rape, three of indecent assault, two of sexual assault and three of indecency with a child.

Judge Tony Briggs adjourned sentencing until September 15 for reports to be prepared on Willans.

He told Willans: “I’m prepared to grant you bail between now and sentence but you must understand that a custodial sentence is virtually inevitable.”

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