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First picture of serial sex attacker John Williams after admitting string of offences across Ashford and Medway

13 February 2014
by KentOnline reporter

This is the first picture of serial sex attacker John Williams, who has admitted a string of offences against women across Ashford and other parts of Kent.

The 46-year-old faces years behind bars after pleading guilty to 14 sex attacks dating back more than 20 years. He will be sentenced in April.

Williams, of Essetford Road, appeared at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday for a plea and case management hearing.

John Williams, convicted of a string of sex attacks

John Williams was convicted of a string of sex attacks

Dressed in a dark suit and light shirt, he was asked by the clerk if he was John Williams. 

He replied: "John David Williams" and then answered "guilty" to each of the 13 main charges - which include groping breasts.

As he admitted his crimes, some of his victims - who sat with police officers in the public gallery - openly wept and were comforted by friends.

He was also asked if he wanted the judge to take another 16 offences - 15 of them thefts dating back to when he was in his mid 20s - and he replied: "I do".

Forensics officers in an area around Singleton Lake where one of the assaults took place

Forensics officers in an area around Singleton Lake where one of the assaults took place

The offences took place between November 1991 and August 2013 and involved nine victims.

Judge Adele Williams remanded him in custody for the preparation of psychiatric and probation reports before his is sentenced on April 4.

After the hearing, DI Richard Vickery said: "We have got to this stage thanks to the great deal of help from local people, who have responded to our various appeals for information.

"Above all at this time our thoughts need to be with the victims of Williams' offences. These women have been put through very frightening ordeals and the evidence that they were able to provide has without doubt resulted in these guilty pleas."

Police out in force after the Singleton Lake attack

Police out in force after the Singleton Lake attack

Described as a concrete batcher, Williams's job involves making cement in a machine.


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