Known paedophile used fake references to get job as nanny via Gumtree

PUBLISHED: 14:56 14 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:56 14 August 2017

Woolwich Crown Court

Woolwich Crown Court


Aaron Mark McWilliams was not supposed to be alone with any children under 16

A paedophile banned from being left alone with children managed to get a job as a nanny in Bromley, where he abused another child.

Aaron Mark McWilliams, 25, of no fixed abode, was put under a court order in 2015 after sexually assaulting a child under 13 in Southwark.

But the known child abuser managed to get another job, working with a child under five-years-old, after seeing an advert on Gumtree.

Answering the advert, McWilliams used fake references to trick his employer into hiring him in February this year.

In March, McWilliams sexually assaulted his victim, who later told her mother.

He was immediately reported to police and arrested, and later admitted to six counts of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

Despite attempts to deny the abuse, McWilliams was found guilty of sexual assault on a child under five years at Woolwich Crown Court on Wednesday, July 12.

He was sentenced to seven years’ in prison at the same court on Friday, August 11. After serving the sentence he will remain on licence for a further seven years.

Det const Kamara Heron, of the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command (CASO), said: “McWilliams is a predatory offender who deviously forged ‘good character’ references in order to secure work as a nanny and au pair, despite a court order which prohibited him from having unsupervised contact with children. It is clear that he is a danger to young people.

“We take all child abuse allegations of this type extremely seriously, and we ensure that victims are supported throughout the process.”

Anyone who wishes to report a sexual offences should call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous.

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