A King’s Lynn man who admitted more than 90 sexual offences against young boys has today been sentenced to 25 years jail.
Labourer David Wilson, 36 of Kirstead, pleaded guilty to 96 sex offences against 52 boys aged from just four to 14 between May 2016 and April 2020 at Ipswich Crown Court this afternoon.
The offences included 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.
Judge Rupert Overbury said in his 40 year career Wilson’s offending was among the worst he had seen.
Sentencing Wilson, he told him: “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.
“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.”
He is one of the most prolific child sexual abuse (CSA) offenders the National Crime Agency has ever investigated.
The agency said Wilson manipulated at least 500 boys into sending extreme footage of themselves and, in some cases, of them abusing younger siblings and friends and approached more than 5,000 boys globally.
Former roofer Wilson used unregistered phones to set up a series of fake social media profiles, pretending to be teenage girls, and then sent the boys sexual images of women in exchange for the boys sending him more extreme videos and images of themselves. On some occasions Wilson then distributed the images to victims’ friends.
Wilson terrorised his young victims who felt they had no choice but to do what he demanded. Some were so traumatised they spoke of wanting end their lives.
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.”