Normanton Man Jailed For Child Sexual Offences

Monday 13 May 2019

A Normanton man has been sentenced to 19 years after pleading guilty to a string of sexual offences against a child.

Mark Greenwood (54) was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on May 7 after pleading guilty to nine offences, including serious sexual offences, against a young girl. 

The offences included six sexual offences and three of making indecent images of a child.

He was sentenced to 14 years in prison with another five years on licence on his release from prison.

The offences took place over a three year period starting when the victim was eight years old and came to police attention after they were reported to Wakefield Police in 2018.

Greenwood was arrested after the allegations were made and a full investigation was undertaken by detectives from Wakefield District Child Safeguarding unit.

The 54-year-old will be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life and was also given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Rolfe of Wakefield District Police, said: “Greenwood committed some of the most serious sexual offences against his child victim over a sustained period with the offending only coming to light after she told another adult what had been occurring.

“He has received a lengthy sentence at court, reflecting the truly awful nature of his offending against a very young and vulnerable victim.

“We are glad that his guilty pleas have at least spared the victim and her family the ordeal of a trial and that they have seen a dangerous man put behind bars.”

She added: “All reports of sexual assault are treated seriously and investigated thoroughly by specially trained detectives and we would always advise victims to come forwards and report to allow us to seek justice for them.”


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