June 2019

Knaresborough man jailed for child sex offence that caused ‘unimaginable distress’

A Knaresborough man has been jailed for five years for engaging in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.

Neil Wood, 51, of Knaresborough, appeared at York Crown Court on June 3, where he was also given a 15 year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), and placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

Speaking about the sentence handed to Wood, investigating officer Detective Constable Rebecca Prentice of Harrogate CID, said: “Neil Wood has caused the victim and their family unimaginable distress and upset.

The sentence handed to him reflects the seriousness of the offence he committed against an innocent child.

I’m also pleased that the court saw fit to place him on the sex offenders register and impose a sexual harm prevention order on him, reflecting the severity of his offence.