Disgraceful paedophile police officer sentenced to life in prison
William Andrew Wright was found guilty of eight counts of rape and sexual assault on the boy
A former Lincolnshire Police officer has been sentenced to life for the sexual assault of a boy.
William Andrew Wright, who was also a former scout leader, was given the sentence at Lincoln Crown Court today, July 13 and will need to serve at least 12 years.
The 30-year-old was found guilty by a unanimous jury on May 26 of eight counts of rape and sexual assault on a boy.
Judge Simon Hirst placed Wright on the sex offenders’ register for life.
When passing sentence at Lincoln Crown Court, Judge Hirst told Wright: “I am satisfied that your offences are so serious that a sentence of life imprisonment must be imposed.
“It is important that you and everyone else in this case should understand that the minimum term is not a fixed term. It is the minimum term you will spend in custody before you can be considered for release by the Parole Board. It will be for the Parole Board to decide whether you should be released.”
Wright, formerly of Townhill Lane, Bucknall, near Woodhall Spa, is currently in prison for previous convictions.
Victoria Rose, prosecuting, said that the victim was just a young boy when Wright began sexually abusing him.
She said the boy had been taken back to Wright’s flat at the University of Lincoln campus.
She added that on one occasion Wright removed the boy’s trousers and brutally beat him with a belt, leaving him crying in pain before then raping him.
She told the court that the victim began self-harming as a result of what was happening and continues to be affected by the abuse.
Michael Cranmer-Brown, in mitigation, urged the judge to take into consideration the fact that Wright has already been in custody for seven years, having been remanded in 2010 following his arrest for the offences which led to his 2011 conviction.
Investigating officer at Lincolnshire Police, DC Stelfox, said: “Wright breached the trust of the victim and his family in order to commit these offences. The victim has shown immense bravery in coming forward and giving evidence in this case and his courage has made this conviction possible. I hope that the outcome today can go some small way towards helping him move forward with his life.”
Wright was jailed in 2011 after admitting a total of 32 charges linked to sex crimes.
The charges included six of sexual assault, eight charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, one charge of attempting to incite a child, one charge of inciting a teenage girl to engage in pornography, 11 charges of making indecent photographs of a child, three charges of possession of indecent photographs, one charge of taking an indecent photograph and a further charge of distributing indecent photographs.
The offences involved victims aged between eight and 17 and occurred between September 2007 and April 2010, including a period before he joined the police as well as offences after he resigned.
Wright is originally from Northern Ireland where he first became involved in the scout movement.
He moved to England to study at the University of Lincoln and continued his involvement in scouting.
After finishing his university course Wright, whose father served with the Royal Ulster Constabulary for 23 years, worked with the probation service before successfully applying to join Lincolnshire Police.
He quit the force in December 2009 while he was on bail.
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