A 54-year-old man has today been sentenced to 17-and-a-half years imprisonment after he was found guilty of seven counts of non-recent sexual offences.
Ryan Williams, formerly known as Lewis Hopkins, now of Burke Drive, Southampton but previously of Swindon, was sentenced at Swindon Crown Court today following a two-week trial.
The charges, which include indecent assault, buggery and rape, date back to the 90s when William’s victims were all under the age of 16.
Detective Sergeant Claire Smith, who has led the investigation, said: “We began this investigation back in 2013, when fortunately, one of Willliams’ victims bravely reported her ordeal to police.
“The three victims suffered years of abuse at a young age – a time when they should have been out and about enjoying their childhoods.
“They have had to live with the horrendous memories of what they endured for the rest of their lives. As if this wasn’t enough, as a result of Williams’ not guilty plea, they have been forced to relive their ordeals all these years later in a courtroom.
“I would like to take this opportunity to praise them for the bravery they have shown. By providing witness statements and standing up in court and giving evidence, they have greatly helped officers ensure justice is served.
“This man’s actions were despicable and he has shown no remorse for what he has done.
“I am pleased with the sentence handed out today – it is a real example of justice being served in a non-recent sex offence investigation. Regardless of how much time has passed since the offences were committed, we at Wiltshire Police will always carry out a thorough and extensive investigation into reports of this nature. I hope today’s outcome will help the victims find closure and will enable them to move on with their lives.”
If you have been a victim of a sexual assault, regardless of how much time has passed, please call police via 101 or the Swindon Assault Referral Centre (SARC) on 0808 168 0024. The helpline is available 24 hours a day.