A man from Merseyside was jailed for 14 years yesterday (Tuesday) after pleading guilty to kidnap and sexual activity with a child. He was also issued with a Sex Offenders Prevention Order (SOPO) and will beplaced on the sex offenders register for life.
David Wilson, 39, from Seymour Street, New Brighton, Merseyside was sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Wilson befriended a family and gained their trust with the specific intent of getting access to their 14-year-old boy.
He met the family earlier this year and began to contact the young victim via social media sites and started to buy him expensive gifts, such as an iPhone. Wilson also took the boy and other family members away on several leisure trips purely to develop his relationship with them.
In May of this year, Wilson took the boy and his grandmother for a three-night stay in a Staffordshire hotel and it was during this trip that Wilson committed sexual acts against the young boy.
On the drive back to Merseyside, Wilson stopped his car at Keele Services, on the M6 in Staffordshire, and it was whilst the boy’s grandmother was out of the vehicle that Wilson kidnapped his victim. The boy attempted to get out of the car but Wilson threatened him with a pair of scissors which he held to his victim’s throat.
Soon after, Wilson was located with his car in the Merseyside area by local police and was immediately arrested. The young boy was also found and though he was extremely traumatised by what had happened, he was unharmed.
DI Simon Caton, from Staffordshire Police’s Child Exploitation Team said: “I welcome the conviction and sentence of David Wilson. He is a devious and dangerous man who cleverly groomed a whole family which ultimately allowed him to carry out these terrible acts against a vulnerable child.
“Our partner agencies will continue to work with the victim to try and help him recover from what must have been a horrific incident.
“I am proud of the way my team and Merseyside Police reacted to and investigated this incident, which demonstrates our commitment to ensure that people such as David Wilson are brought to justice.”