53-year-old Roy Anthony Williams from Newport has been sentenced to 10 years in an American prison after he travelled thousands of miles across the Atlantic in an attempt to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex.
It was back in June 2017 that the former Isle of Wight Salvation Army volunteer jumped on a plane and travelled to the States, first landing in Virginia and then transferring to Tennessee.
It’s in the state of Tennessee that Williams admits he tried to persuade a 13-year-old girl to engage in acts that would constitute aggravated statutory rape. He had been grooming her for months.
Thankfully, the situation was brought to an end when the youngster’s mother found texts on her phone and alerted Police to the situation. Those texts included conversation such as “Are you still OK about me taking your virginity?”. Williams had intended to pick the girl up from her home and take her to a motel.
The Salvation Army removed Roy Williams’ membership as soon as they were alerted to the charges against him on 3rd August last year.
Williams admitted the charge back in March and was yesterday (Thursday) sentenced to a total of 10 years in prison, with a further 10 years on probation upon his release. However, he could be deported back to the United Kingdom.