Paedophile Sunderland nurse molested young boys

Keith Williams outside Newcastle Crown Court
Keith Williams outside Newcastle Crown Court
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A DAD whose child was sexually abused by a pervert nurse today branded his son’s attacker a “twisted sexual predator”.

Keith Williams is today facing jail for sex offences against children dating back more than two decades.

Williams, who was a mental health nurse at Monkwearmouth Hospital in Sunderland, denied allegations against three boys, who are now adults, but was convicted by a jury after a trial.

The sex attacks took place in the 1990s and are not linked to his work at the hospital.

Today the father of one of the victims said: “He has put my family through hell. I’m just grateful this twisted sexual predator has been removed from the streets.

“He is a menace; an actor, someone with no conscience and without guilt for the consequences of his actions.”

The three victims gave evidence at the trial, where they were accused of “making up” what had happened to them.

At Newcastle Crown Court Williams, 55, of Close Street, Millfield, was found guilty of nine charges of indecent assault and one of indecency with a child in relation to the three victims.

He was found not guilty of eight charges of indecent assault relating to the same victims.

Judge John Evans adjourned the case until week commencing November 25 and remanded Williams in custody.

The judge said: “The court has to inquire into whether the defendant constitutes a danger to the public.”

Williams had been on bail throughout the trial, which lasted more than a week.

Prosecutor Julian Smith told jurors at the start of the case: “The crown maintains this abuse took place 20 years or more ago and involved three alleged victims. The crown allege this man, Keith Williams, was the person responsible for a persistent course of sexual misconduct.

“He says none of the alleged incidents occurred and they are simply making it up these boys, now men.”

During the trial Williams denied the allegations outright and read statements from former colleagues and friends relating to his good and trusted character.

One referee said Williams as a man who could put others at ease and described him as being “held in high regard by his peers, other health care professionals, patients and carers”.

A spokesperson from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust said: “Keith Williams no longer works for the Trust after resigning in April this year.

“It’s important to note that these charges were not related to Mr Williams’ employment with the Trust and no patients were at risk.

“Once charges were brought against Mr Williams he was suspended immediately.”