Convicted Lanzarote paedophile Michael Ronald Williams is today headed to prison. Williams was found guilty by the court for sexually abusing an eight/nine-year-old girl while he lived on the island.
Michael Ronald Williams denied the charges brought against him but at the end of July 2018, after much deliberation and after the court heard statements by third parties and psychologists, he was found guilty. The girl stated that the defendant committed several “sexual acts” with her.
“I tried to say what I could remember and tell the truth,” said the young girl.
Williams denied the charges
Williams appealed against the ruling (he has insisted upon his innocence from the beginning of the investigation) but this appeal was dismissed, based on evidence and testimonies gained during the entire process.
Williams has denied touching the child, or asking the child to touch him sexually – as the young victim maintained. The court heard evidence from the child, and from professionals who interviewed her to assess her reliability – because the defendant maintained that it was fiction.
The conviction was confirmed on January 23 2020, although Williams had already left Lanzarote for the UK… and the process began for the issuance of the European Arrest Warrant.
What happens today?
Today Michael Ronald Williams handed himself into prison in the UK at 2pm. Confirmation was received from the family at 17:45 (Spain time).
The future for the affected family
We have been in contact with the child’s mother throughout the whole legal battle and we spoke to her again this week, to see how she and the young girl are doing.
“She has ‘Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,” said the mother, “and she is still in therapy after all these years. But she is doing great. I am very proud of the young woman she is growing into. She wants to help others who have suffered and her studies will enable that. She’s already been offered a place by one University.”
Note from Editor: This is a huge day for the family, and they are hoping for a brighter future. Life has certainly been difficult for them, with vicious rumours and lies being spread throughout the entire process. We hope that no other children are ever tainted by Michael Ronald Williams again. We wish the young lady and her family all the best for the future and hope that together they can continue to heal, and that their community and loved ones rally round to support them after what has been a horrific period of their lives.
Have you been affected?
If you or any member of your family has been affected by child abuse, we encourage you to reach out to suitable organisations for support.
If you have been personally affected by convicted Lanzarote paedophile Michael Ronald Williams – please contact Staffordshire Police, who will be able to connect you with the relevant department.
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