(IPSWICH, U.K.) Crown Court Report: Historical Sex Abuse Case: An online predator who targeted thousands of children and tricked at least 500 boys into sending him sexual videos and images of themselves has been jailed for 25 years #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Feb.16: Labourer David Wilson, 36, approached more than 5,000 boys worldwide by pretending to be multiple teenage girls – principally on Facebook – and blackmailed some victims into abusing younger siblings or friends and sending him the footage:

‘Paedophile who targeted more than 5,000 children globally in child sexual abuse case jailed for 25 years: Ipswich Crown Court, Wilson, was sentencedafter admitting 96 sex offences against 52 boys aged from just four to 14 between May 2016 and April 2020’

‘In The Beginning Innocence Of A Child’

He is one of the most prolific child sexual abuse (CSA) offenders the National Crime Agency has ever investigated:

‘Facebook currently plans to encrypt its messenger service which will mean offenders like Wilson will likely go undetected because the company will no longer be able to see evidence of crimes and report them to global law enforcement’

Wilson, of Norfolk, terrorised his young victims who were terrified and felt they had no choice but to do what he demanded: Some were so traumatised they spoke of wanting end their lives:

Judge Rupert Overbury said in his 40 year career Wilson’s offending was among the worst he had seen: He told Wilson: “You demonstrated a complete and utter disregard for every child you manipulated irrespective of their age: There was a sadistic element to your offending including blackmail and a relentless targeting of vulnerable children who often pleaded for mercy.”

He added: “You are in my judgement an extremely dangerous individual who has a perverted and sadistic sexual interest in young boys. On the facts presented to the court you can properly be described as a serial paedophile.” ………Using unregistered phones, Wilson scoured social media sites for vulnerable victims: To deceive young boys into believing they were talking to a teenage girl, he created a spider’s web of fake girls’ identities. He sent them sexual images of young women from the internet in exchange for the boys sending him videos and images of themselve: He built up trust with his victims before blackmailing them into sending him more extreme footage of themselves – and in some cases, of them abusing younger siblings or friends: On some occasions Wilson then distributed the images to victims’ friends.

Tony Cook, NCA Head of CSA operations, said: “David Wilson has absolutely devastated not only his victims but the families they belong to: “ He has caused heart-breaking suffering and huge disruption to the lives of those he targeted from the problems his abuse caused: Wilson preyed on their vulnerability. They genuinely believed they were talking to a teenage girl who was interested in them: He groomed, bullied and blackmailed young boys into sending him indecent images and in some instances performing horrific abuse on themselves and others: “ Despite knowing their utter anguish and despair he ignored their pleas for him to stop: “ He retained indecent material and threatened to share it among victims’ friends so he could maintain control of them: “ Sadly there are many offenders out there like Wilson who use the internet to hide their real identities, using convincing personas to groom children: “ I urge parents to speak with their children about who they communicate with online and what they share. People need to understand this can happen to anyone: “ Many boys’ parents in this case spoke of their disbelief that their children had become victims: “ It’s vital children know they can turn to a parent or trusted adult for help without blame: “ I commend the victims’ bravery and their families for helping us put Wilson in jail.”

Wilson, of Kirstead, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, admitted 96 offences including: intentionally causing or inciting boys to engage in sexual activity; blackmail; intentionally causing children to look at sexual images, and intentionally facilitating the sexual exploitation of children by sending on images of those children:

The NCA launched its investigation into Wilson in 2017 after receiving crucial information from Facebook identifying 20 accounts of boys ranging from 12 to 15 years old, who had sent indecent images of themselves to an account seemingly belonging to a 13-year-old girl: The overwhelming majority of Wilson’s crimes were committed on Facebook and the company was crucial in bringing him to justice. Facebook made 90 referrals about Wilson’s offending:

Rob Jones, NCA Director of Threat Leadership, said: “ Facebook’s plans are a disaster for child safety and law enforcement and mean the very many other David Wilsons out there will not be caught: “ Criminals will be drawn to Facebook, emboldened and confident it’s a place they can search for children to sexually abuse with complete impunity: Facebook Messenger is already strongly encrypted, enabling them to detect grooming and known abuse images while protecting privacy: “ It was the company’s referrals that helped us identify Wilson, discover the full picture of his prolific offending and ensure he was locked up: “ There are two billion people on Facebook and we know a large number of them are targeting children to abuse them: “ In 2019 Facebook made 15.8 million global referrals of child sexual abuse material, they have been a huge help to lawful investigations and child safeguarding: “ But their plans will create a haven for child sex offenders to congregate to target children: “ It’s not too late for Facebook to change their mind.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “The tireless efforts of the NCA have put a truly awful criminal behind bars, providing justice to those who suffered as well as protecting hundreds of potential victims: “ This sickening case is a chilling reminder of how crucial it is that tech companies play their part in combating child sexual abuse: “ It is vital that Facebook do not press ahead without amending their current end-to-end-encryption plans, otherwise sick criminals like David Wilson could still be abusing children with impunity.”

Chief Constable Simon Bailey, national policing lead for child protection, said: “The information from Facebook was crucial in bringing Wilson to justice. Which is why I am concerned about Facebook planning to introduce further encryption and privacy protections, making it harder for us to prevent exploitation and find child sexual abusers like Wilson: “ Social media tip offs last year helped policing and the NCA arrest over 4,500 child sex offenders and safeguard 6,000 children in the UK. This clearly shows that quick access to the technology that criminals are using to target and groom children online is absolutely vital. Not only can this evidence help secure prosecutions but it can also identify victims so police can bring an end to their exploitation.” If you or someone you know has been the victim of a similar crime then we encourage you to report the matter to your local police: If you have been affected by anything in this report then information and advice can be found on the Thinkuknow website. Links also include advice for parents, carers and professionals:

Child protection charity The Lucy Faithfull Foundation runs the Stop It Now! helpline which offers confidential advice to anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s behaviour towards children.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Feb.16: 2021:

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(WESTERN AUSTRALIA) Supreme Court Report: More than 20 years after teenager Hayley Dodd vanished from a remote WA road, a convicted rapist accused of abducting and murdering her is facing a new trial #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Feb.16: Francis John Wark is alleged to have snatched the 17-year-old as she walked in broad daylight along a road near the property where he lived in Badgingarra, abut 200 kilometres north of Perth, on July 29, 1999:

Hayley Dodd’s accused killer Frances Wark faces second trial for alleged 1999 murder: ‘On Monday, a second trial started for Wark in the Supreme Court, with Justice Stephen Hall telling the jury members while it was “no secret” there had been previous hearing, the outcome and fact it had happened was not relevant’

ABC WA News: updated 6h ago

A smiling Hayley Dodd sits on a bed wearing a light blue school polo shirt.
Hayley Dodd was a week into a working trip around Australia when she disappeared.(AAP: Australian Missing Persons Register)

Hayley has not been seen or heard from since.

He also told them it was important not to speculate about the previous trial and that they should put it out of their minds.

“This is a completely new trial. The accused has pleaded not guilty and is entitled to the presumption of innocence,” he said.

Earring found in car seat cover

In an opening address to the jury, the WA Director of Public Prosecutions, Amanda Forrester SC, said it was the state’s case Wark abducted the teenager with a “sexual intention” before disposing of her body.

She said the evidence against the accused included the discovery 14 years later of an earring, matching those believed to have been worn by the 17-year-old, in a car seat cover seized from the vehicle Wark was driving on the day she vanished.

A sketch of the earing with words "not certain of join" and "blue turquoise stone", inset with a very similar-looking earing.
The jury was shown a sketch of Hayley Dodd’s earring done by her friend, and the one found in a car used by Francis Wark.(Supplied: WA Supreme Court)

Ms Forrester said a hair was also discovered amongst vacuumings taken from the floor of the vehicle, and multiple tests had shown it was “highly likely” the DNA found on it could have come from Ms Dodd.

She outlined Wark’s 2007 conviction for abducting a woman from a remote road in Queensland and repeatedly sexually assaulting her.

She said the state argued that showed he had a “tendency to pick up women and violently sexually assault them”.

Wark’s car allegedly seen on road

Wark denies having anything to do with Hayley’s disappearance andmaintains he was shopping in the nearby town of Moora when Ms Dodd was last seen alive, around 11.30am walking along North West Road.

But Ms Forrester argued witnesses who claimed to have seen a vehicle similar to his on the road that day showed his alibi was false.

Hayley Dodd poses for a photo with her head resting on her right hand.
Hayley Dodd was last seen walking along a road in WA’s Wheatbelt.(AAP: Australian Missing Persons Register)

“The evidence shows that was on North West Road, near where Hayley Dodd was seen, and he did have the opportunity to abduct her that day,” she said.

The court heard Ms Dodd was a week into a working trip around Australia and Ms Forrester said she was “full of plans for the future and excited what lay ahead”.

She said when Hayley disappeared, she was on her way to make a surprise visit to a family she had stayed with before, but she had “the misfortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time”.

No time for murder, defence says

In his opening address, defence lawyer Darryl Ryan said it was his client’s case he was innocent of the allegations.

“Frances Wark did not murder Hayley Dodd, he never saw her, he had nothing to do with her disappearance, he had nothing to do with Hayley Dodd at all,” he said.

Francis Wark's lawyer Darryl Ryan walking outside court wearing sunglasses and a blue tie, with women to his left and right.
Defence lawyer Darryl Ryan says Wark would have had no time to commit the crime as alleged.(ABC News: Hugh Sando)

Mr Ryan said Wark denied being on North West Road at the same time the teenager was seen by witnesses, and maintained he was either still in Moora, 50 kilometres away, or had just embarked on his journey back to his property.

“The defence case is he could not have picked her up in that small window of time,” he said.

Mr Ryan highlighted that no body had been found and said there was no evidence of any murder weapon or of any blood being found, despite extensive searches of Wark’s property that included the stripping of walls and the ripping up of floors.

He also told the jury his client would have had no time to commit the crime as alleged by the state, because it would have involved luring Ms Dodd into his car, violently assaulting her and then disposing of her body in such a way for it to have not been found in more than 20 years.

He acknowledged his client’s conviction for abducting and raping a woman in Queensland, but said that happened seven years later and the circumstances were “vastly different” from what was alleged with Ms Dodd.

Mr Ryan said the Queensland crime occurred in the early hours of the morning, the victim was a mature woman and Wark had pleaded guilty at an early opportunity.

He said while nobody condoned what Wark had done, the jury could not make an assumption that because he was guilty of those offences he was guilty of what was being alleged at this trial.

Earring, DNA evidence disputed

Mr Ryan went on to address the earring found in the car seat cover in 2013, saying it was the defence case that it was not Hayley Dodd’s.

He said the earring was not a unique or valuable piece of jewellery, but rather it was a popular item sold at that time.

An earring embedded in a car seat cover.
The earing was found embedded in a car seat cover from the vehicle Francis Wark was driving.(Supplied: WA Supreme Court)

“It did not belong to Hayley Dodd. It is possible she had a similar earring but the earring in the car seat cover was not hers,” he said.

He said the two forensic police officers who seized the car seat cover in 1999 had not found the earring, and there was also evidence the bag in which it was subsequently stored had been opened by “someone unknown, arguing that raised questions about the integrity of the exhibit.

Mr Ryan also said it was the defence case that the hair found in the vacuumings was not Ms Dodd’s, because it contained male DNA and had therefore come from a man.

The judge, lawyers, jury members and Wark will conduct what is called a “view” on Tuesday by travelling to the relevant sites, including the area where Ms Dodd was last seen alive.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Fe.16: 2021:

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