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Law enforcement chiefs praise victims' bravery as King's Lynn sex offender starts sentence

Detectives who brought the case against a serial Lynn sex offender have this evening paid tribute to the bravery of his victims in bringing him to justice.

Officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) say David Nicholas Wilson, 36, is one of the most prolific abusers they have ever investigated.

And his case has prompted renewed calls for Facebook to rethink planned changes to its platform, which critics fear will make it harder to catch similar offences.

David Wilson has been described as a 'highly dangerous' individual by the National Crime Agency (43238149)
David Wilson has been described as a 'highly dangerous' individual by the National Crime Agency (43238149)

Wilson, formerly of Kirstead, Fairstead, is tonight starting an extended 33 year sentence, having previously admitted 96 offences against young boys.

He was sentenced to 25 years in prison, plus a further eight years on licence, at Ipswich Crown Court this afternoon.

Although the case concentrated on around 50 different victims, the court was told Wilson may have committed offences against more than 500 boys.

And the NCA says it believes he contacted at least 5,000 children globally.

Tony Cook, the NCA's Head of CSA operations, said tonight: “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."

Mr Cook added: “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.”

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