A FORMER Scarborough pub worker has been jailed for seven years after admitting a catalogue of sexual offending and possessing indecent images relating to young teenage boys.
Richard Willey, 39, appeared before York Crown Court for sentencing on 11 sex charges – 10 of indecent assault and one of indecency with a child – dating back to the mid-1990s and involving two Scarborough boys.
He had also previously admitted charges of possessing the images in his room at his new place of work, a hotel, involving 27 of making indecent photographs of young boys on the internet and three of possessing indecent films of a similar nature.
Tina Dempster, prosecuting, told the court that the offences against the two boys happened during a two-year period after Willey befriended both their mothers and the children, who were aged between 10 and 12 at the time.
Willey, now of Hertfordshire, would invite the boys to stay over at his home, took one of them camping and bought them gifts.
Miss Dempster told the court that matters were not reported to the police for a number of years, the authorities only being informed when one of the boys, now in his 20s, had a child of his own and realised that he still had issues.
When police raided Willey’s address they found two computers containing a total of 1,297 still images and 215 videos, all depicting young boys aged around 10 or 11.
Virginia Hayton, mitigating, said that Willey had himself been subject to sexual abuse as a child and had had difficulty coming to terms with his own sexuality.
Now accepting that he was homosexual, Willey had turned to photographs and films as a way of preventing him from harming any more victims, said Miss Hayton.
Adding that Willey was now shocked and remorseful, Miss Hayton said that her client had always been a hard-working man who was now trusted by friends and family with children.
Passing sentence, Judge Stephen Ashurst said that Willey had “an unhealthy interest in young teenage boys” and that in some people’s minds no sentence for such offending would be long enough.
Willey was also indefinitely placed on both the sex offenders’ register and under a sex offences prevention order, barring him from unsupervised contact with under 16s and restricting his future internet and computer use.