Saturday, April 16, 2016

Man who arranged sex with mother and child to return to court

A piano teacher's claim that he never intended to sexually assault an eight-year-old girl - even though he admitted arranging to meet the girl and her mother at a Niagara Falls hotel for sex - did not have the ring of truth to it, a judge said Friday.

Derek Williamson, a 51-year-old freelance music teacher from Crystal Beach, testified at his trial he went on a website dedicated to child sex out of curiosity, as a friend on her deathbed had told him she had been molested as a child.

He said he was repulsed by the contents of the site and questioned how a loving mother could have sex with a child.

"If he was so shocked and stunned, why did he return to the chat room repeatedly?" Judge Robert Nightingale said in a Superior Court of Justice in Welland, before finding Williamson guilty of five sex-related offences including making a telecommunication agreement to commit specific criminal offences with another believed to be under the age of 16.

Williamson is scheduled to return to court June 14 for sentencing.

Through website chat rooms, court heard, he began a conversation with someone he thought was a Toronto-area woman with an eight-year-old daughter.

The woman was in fact a police officer with the Toronto Police Service's child exploitation unit.

Williamson admitted to having sexually explicit chat room conversations with the woman, but claimed he was simply "role playing" when he asked if he could have sexual relations with the child.  (more...)


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