Aaron McWilliams, 28 of HMP Belmarsh was sentenced to life, to serve a minimum of nine years’ imprisonment at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday 2 November, after admitting to the following offences:
– Fourteen counts of inciting a boy under 13 to engage in sexual activity (penetration)
– Eight counts of inciting a boy under 13 to engage in sexual activity (no penetration)
– Seven counts of sexual assault on a boy by touching
– Three counts of making an indecent photo of a child
– Three counts of sexual assault on a child
– Two counts of rape of a boy under 13
– Attempted rape of a boy under 13
– Sexual assault on a girl by touching
– Engage in sexual activity with a boy under 15
The offences were committed between 2012 and 2017 in different parts of the UK and Europe, with McWilliams abusing children he came into contact with through his work as a live-in au pair.
The court heard that McWilliams was first convicted in 2016 for sexually assaulting a four-year-old child. After serving part of his sentence, he was released and began working with another family within a matter of weeks, after providing phoney references. There, he sexually abused another four-year-old child and was jailed for seven years in August 2017.
A phone was seized as part of the 2017 investigation, and detectives subsequently found 2,472 indecent images of children, graded category A (depicting the most serious child abuse) to C. Detectives discovered an extensive collection of videos McWilliams had made of himself sexually abusing his young victims.
McWilliams was interviewed twice in 2018 about the material on his phone and made admissions about his abuse of children.
A total of 24 victims, aged between four months and 14-years-old were identified during the investigation. All but on one of the victims were boys.
Detective Superintendent Adam Ghaboos, of the Central East Safeguarding team, said: “McWilliams is a predatory paedophile who sexually abused a large number of children he was entrusted to care for. It is every family’s worst nightmare.
“I would like to acknowledge the courage of the young victims and their families who have endured the horrific abuse and the long-term harm these types of crimes cause. Their information has led to this prosecution, and McWilliams will spend a long time in jail where he cannot harm any other children.
“I also want to highlight the exceptional work of the investigation team for their tireless efforts throughout this harrowing investigation to secure justice for all the victims and their families.”
Detective Superintendent Ghaboos added: “Our enquiries have led us to a large number of McWilliams’ victims, but we can’t rule out the possibility that there may be more. I would urge any families who have employed McWilliams or believe that he may have had contact with their children to come forward.”