May 2022

Camborne man who sexted and sent nudes to undercover cop posing as a child claims he isn’t a paedophile

A man who sexted what he thought was a 12-year-old girl has claimed he is not a paedophile.

Michael Ryan Williams, 35, from Camborne, was caught in a police sting, when he became incredibly sexual towards an undercover police officer posing as a child on an online chatroom, and even sent them a picture of his penis.

Williams, formerly of Pengover Parc, Redruth, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentencing on Friday (May 20) having pleaded guilty to one count of communicating with a child in a sexual way. But despite his guilty plea, Williams has maintained that “it just happened.”

On October 7, 2019, an undercover police officer created the profile of a fictitious 12-year-old girl on Chatiw, a free online chat room site. The defendant, who had a profile called ‘Want Tight’, quickly messaged the profile.

The court heard how Williams’ messages to the child became almost immediately sexual, asking the fake profile if she had seen a penis before. He told the profile that he wanted to have oral and penetrative sex with her.

The profile was clearly labelled as a 12-year-old girl, and the officer posing as the child made numerous references to the age and the fact she was at school.

Williams continued to sext the fictitious child, asking about what she was wearing, and asked to see naked pictures of her.

He told the profile that the chat exchanges would be their “secret,” and it continued to the following day (October 8, 2019) on a different website. The prosecution said: “He requested oral and penetrative sex multiple times.

“And when he learned the girl was a virgin he said he’d be gentle. The defendant made several unsuccessful video and audio calls, which were not answered by the undercover officer.

“The crown’s case is that it was abundantly clear this was an underage child. It culminated on October 8 when he sent the fictitious child a picture of his erect penis.”

He was arrested on January 29, 2021, with two copies of the same indecent image of a child on the device.

Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, the court heard how Williams maintains he has no sexual attraction to children and blames the events of October 2019 on being under the influence of drink and drugs.

Steve Butterworth, from the probation service, interviewed Williams in an attempt to see if there was any remorse or chance of rehabilitation. Mr Butterworth said Williams is at a high risk of reoffending as he has shown “high” levels of denial.

He said: “He told me at first that he couldn’t remember it happening, that it wasn’t him, and gave me lots of minimisation and denial. I explored with him the clear discrepancies in what he was claiming, that it wasn’t him.

“Looking at his communications, he seemed to have a fixation on tightness of genitalia. He claimed he was under the influence, but I explained those are just disinhibitors for feelings we already have.

“I told him these things can’t simply happen. I feel there is a degree of shame for him, but when I asked him about the impact his focus was on him, and his family.

“He has shown no regard for the danger of children, no remorse or concern for them, and has just said he didn’t know how it happened.”

Judge Simon Carr disagreed, and sent Williams straight to prison to serve an eight month sentence. Judge Carr said: “You made a profile and targeted that of the child knowing from the start she was 12 years of age.

“What the download shows is that you turned the conversation sexual almost immediately. that escalated over days including indications you want to have sex with her, and perform oral sex.

“You sent her a picture of your penis and tried to get her to send pictures of herself. Your desire was to get visual contact.

“You were arrested, and had, until the morning of your trial, denied it in its entirety. You have spoken to probation and they said in your tendency to minimise and make excuses, you have shown no remorse for what you did or insight into the potential harm to others.”