Paedophile who abused boys on Selby Canal is jailed for 10 years
A paedophile who robbed two ten-year-old boys of their childhood by his “debauched” sexual crimes has been jailed for ten years.
York Crown Court heard Neil Gilpin, 32, took them away from their playmates to sexually abuse them in woodland near where he had moored his boat on a canal near Selby.
Michele Stuart-Lofthouse, prosecuting, said the children were called in to their supper and when one of the boys went out to play with his friends again later on the same day, the paedophile again took him away and again abused him.
The Honorary Recorder of York, Judge Paul Batty QC, said the boys’ parents’ accounts of how they had been changed by their experiences were “heart rending.”
“What you did on this day was truly wicked,” he told Gilpin. “You really robbed two little boys of their childhood innocence.
“You corrupted them for your own sexual gratification. I am entirely satisfied you targeted them.”
Gilpin had told the second boy to pretend he was with a girl as he abused him.
“Truly debauched, truly outrageous behaviour,” the judge said.
He jailed Gilpin for ten years and put him on the sex offenders’ register and made him subject to a sexual harm prevention order, both for the rest of his life.
Gilpin, of Manchester Road, Slaithwaite, near Huddersfield, pleaded guilty to two charges of inciting a child to perform a sex act and a sexual offence involving a child.