Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

EX-BRIGADE MAN'S CHILD SEX SHAME; Exclusive: Victim Tells of Relief at Conviction

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

EX-BRIGADE MAN'S CHILD SEX SHAME; Exclusive: Victim Tells of Relief at Conviction

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Byline: By GARETH LIGHTFOOT

A FORMER Boys' Brigade captain is today facing a long prison sentence after he was found guilty of a string of child sex offences from up to 40 years ago.

Kenneth Charles Williams, 68, was unanimously convicted by a jury at Teesside Crown Court yesterday of 11 charges of indecent assault and one other serious sexual offence.

A victim of Williams today spoke of how the abuse had cast a shadow over his life and urged other victims of sexual abuse not to suffer in silence.

The repeated sex crimes against two boys date back up to 40 years, when ex-steel worker Williams was living in Middlesbrough.

The first complainant, now a married dad in his forties, told the Gazette today: "I'm absolutely elated.

"I was just so pleased when I heard those verdicts read out.

"It's taken such a long time. It's been on my mind for years and years. It's just one of those things you try to put to the back of your mind. You try to block it out."

Williams, of Scalby Square, Thornaby, denied all of the offences.

He claimed the victims made up the allegations, but could not explain why. He said: "It's just not feasible, I'm not that kind of person."

But one of his victims told the Gazette how the assaults which terrified him were dismissed by Williams as "a bit of fun".

He said Williams did not meet his gaze across the courtroom as the two came face-to-face for the first time in decades.

"From the beginning I've wanted to see him in court," he added.

"I wanted him to look at me in the witness box. He wouldn't turn. He didn't look at me once.

"I wanted him to look me in the eye and he couldn't.

"It did hit me hard in the stomach when I first saw him. But I came to tell the truth."

He told his wife years ago of the abuse, but did not make an official complaint until last year. …

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