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Convicted rapist deleted Snapchat app in violation of court order

A convicted rapist has breached his sexual offense prevention order by removing apps for Snapchat and the dating site ‘Cuddle’.

Christian Williamson, 33, who was sentenced in 2005 to an extended prison term for raping a woman, pleaded guilty to the single offense of breaching the order when he appeared in trial court of Oxford.

He then pleaded with judges to impose a curfew on him when they decided to detain the sex offender – described by prosecutor Nony Umenyiora as a ‘violent and dangerous sexual predator’ – in custody until sentencing at Oxford Crown Court April 19.

Earlier, the court heard police were called to Williamson’s partner’s home in Wallingford on Valentine’s Day due to concerns for the woman’s welfare.

The officers saw that the accused had a number of apps on his phone, including for Facebook, Snapchat and the dating site Cuddle.

Specialist police officers from the Thames Valley Department of Public Protection, tasked with monitoring the sex offender, returned to the property on March 1.

Williamson was out, but left his phone on the property. His partner, who opened the door, handed the phone to the officers.

They could see that the accused had deleted the applications that had been seen on the mobile fifteen days earlier.

By deleting the apps – and any web history stored on them – he breached a sexual offense prevention order imposed by Manchester Crown Court in 2014 for enticing a child to engage in sexual activity.

Ms Umenyiora told judges Williamson’s sex offenses record dated back to 2005, when he was convicted of raping a woman over 16.

Since then, he had appeared in court several times for breaching various court orders to restrain him from committing sex crimes.

Mitigating, Jayne Wilkinson said his client deleted the apps because they were causing arguments between him and his partner.

“I don’t see where the harm is. There is no suggestion that he was using the apps to commit any offences.

Williamson had been trying to do “what he thought was the right thing”. However, by deleting the apps, he had deleted the internet history – a violation of the court order.

Ms Wilkinson said her client planned to return to Hull, where he had a home, a support worker and a psychologist.

The defendant, of Albemarle Street, Hull, pleaded guilty to breaching a sexual offense prevention order.

He appeared in court via video link from Abingdon Police Station wearing a blue surgical mask and California Golden Bears football team jersey.

Judges have him in custody until April 19, when he is due to appear in Crown Court.

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