THE founder of a charity, set up to help lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people, has been jailed for possessing indecent images and setting up secret cameras in public toilets.
William Clark, 45, of Pell Lane, Ryde, Isle of Wight, previously from Salisbury, was sentenced to 28 months in jail after pleading guilty to nine offences relating to indecent images of children, four voyeurism offences and one charge in relation to supplying false or misleading information to the Charity Commission at a previous hearing.
He was also made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (until further order) and a Sex Offender Notice for ten years.
Clark’s computer was found to contain a large amount of indecent images of children as well as footage of men filmed in a public toilet using covert cameras, according to Wiltshire Police.
A spokesman said Clark also supplied false and misleading information to the Charity Commission to set up ‘The Rainbow Rooms’ — a support group for young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people (LGBT) in Salisbury.
Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Jeremy Carter, who led the investigation, said: “This sentencing is the result of an extensive and thorough investigation.
“Downloading and viewing indecent images and videos of children may seem like a victimless crime, but the reality is that in each and every case a child has been abused in their making and people who download and view child abuse images are fuelling the further abuse of children globally, by adding to the demand for such harmful footage.
“The content of the images found on Clark’s computer can only be described as abhorrent and the sentence imposed today reflects the seriousness of this crime.
“Clark’s list of offences did not stop there he used covert cameras to prey on unsuspecting men in a public toilet for his own gratification.
“He also deceived a large number of people who genuinely wanted to help the young LGBT community in Salisbury. The impact of Clark’s actions will be significant and I hope he can now acknowledge the extent of the harm he has caused.”
Wiltshire Police urged anyone who has been the victim of sexual abuse to report it via 101.