Kelowna Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Interference of Six-Year-Old Girl
February 2nd, 2017
A Kelowna man has been sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty to sexual interference of a person under the age of 16.
On April 18, 2016, 27-year-old William Williams reportedly tied up a six-year old girl and took pictures of her for sexual purposes.
Williams was initially in a position of trust with the girl and had gotten her mom’s permission to take her out earlier to watch airplanes land at the Kelowna airport. Before heading to the airport however, Williams took them both to his house and asked the girl to remove her clothes. After the girl refused, Williams tied her legs together with rope and forced her to lie in a particular position whilst he took pictures of her.
After being arrested, Williams admitted to having a foot fetish and being sexually aroused by ropes. He also told the police that he took the pictures of the girl for sexual purposes.
According to Williams’ defence counsel, he was under a lot of stress, as earlier during the same day, his wife had told him she was leaving him.
In court, Justice Brad Chapman found Williams guilty of sexual interference of a person under 16 and sentenced him to four months in jail with three tears of probation.
Over the past couple years, Williams had hung out with students at UBCO in the Heatwave Radio and Phoenix News’ office. According to the station manager of Heatwave Radio, Easton Doran, Williams would sometimes come by the office to hang out and help them with their operations.
“He had no formal role with Heatwave,” said Doran. “I knew him as an amateur musician and a flight instructor. I would not have guessed he was so disturbed.”
When asked how he and his colleagues reacted when they discovered the news about the arrest and subsequent trial, Doran explained that he felt shaken and repulsed: “I felt so weird. I was in class when I found out and my body was shaky and like, giddy and I was so repulsed and like shocked that that could happen right under our noses.”
Williams will soon be added to the National Sex Offender Registry for 10 years.