Sex of­fender jailed over secret lap­top

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A SEX of­fender who tried to mis­lead po­lice of­fi­cers about what de­vices he used to ac­cess the in­ter­net has been locked up for 20 months.

Regi­nald Peter Williams was jailed for nine years in 2006 for se­ri­ous sex of­fences and was made the sub­ject of a 15-year sex­ual harm pre­ven­tion or­der (SHPO), a judge at Caernar­fon Crown Court heard on Mon­day.

Ini­tially, the 63-year-old (pic­tured), from Maes Gwyn, Beau­maris, was banned from us­ing any de­vice that could ac­cess the in­ter­net, but this or­der was later re­laxed pro­vided he make avail­able any de­vice to po­lice of­fi­cers on re­quest.

Elen Owen, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court po­lice at­tended Williams’ home in Fe­bru­ary and were shown a phone and a per­sonal com­puter.

“The of­fi­cers were act­ing on in­for­ma­tion re­ceived that Williams had a lap­top and asked him again if there were any fur­ther de­vices in the prop­erty,” she said. “They were told there were none.

“When told of the in­for­ma­tion they had re­ceived, he changed his ac­count and the lap­top was pro­duced. It was seized by the of­fi­cers and Williams later made full ad­mis­sions when he was in­ter­viewed.”

Richard Ed­wards, de­fend­ing, said Williams had been too em­barassed to show the of­fi­cers the lap­top as he had been us­ing it to look at pornog­ra­phy.

Mr Ed­wards pointed out the de­vice had been ex­am­ined and no fur­ther of­fend­ing had been iden­ti­fied. “This was a breach of the or­der, and not a breach which led to to fur­ther of­fences,” he said.

Williams, the lawyer added, re­alised a prison term would be im­posed.

Ms Owen told the court Williams had breached the or­der on two pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions.

In 2011, he had re­ceived a cau­tion af­ter us­ing a com­puter to ac­cess the in­ter­net at a pub­lic li­brary. The fol­low­ing year, he was jailed for 12 months af­ter ad­mit­ting set­ting up a Face­book ac­count.

Jail­ing him, Judge Huw Rees said the mat­ter was too se­ri­ous to be dealt with in any way other than cus­tody.

“This was a fla­grant and de­lib­er­ate breach of a court or­der, and not for the first time,” he said.

An ap­pli­ca­tion to ex­tend the SHPO will be made at a later date.

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