Man sentenced for sexual offences against a child – Berkshire
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A nationally recognised gymnastics coach, has been sentenced, following his conviction for sexual offences against children.
Stuart Woods, aged 34, of Wellington Road, Sandhurst, has today (17/9) been sentenced at Reading Crown Court to 11 years’ imprisonment. He will serve half of the sentence in jail and the other half on licence. He has been given a 20 year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and restraining order was put in place to protect his victims. He has also been ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.
He was found guilty by unanimous jury following a trial, which concluded on 12 August 2021, of two counts of sexual activity with a child and three counts of engaging in sexual communication with a child.
The contact offences were against a boy. The communication offences were against the same boy and two other victims who were children.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Sukhpreet Singh of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “Woods used his position of influence to groom his victims.
“This led to Woods sexually abusing a boy and abusing two other children by sexual communication for his own sexual gratification.
“Woods was supposed to be someone who was supportive and someone for children to rely on, however his conviction and sentencing shows he is a dangerous and predatory paedophile.
“I would like to pay tribute and commend the victims for coming forward which has led to Woods being jailed and means he is no longer a threat to children.
“I hope this case shows to other victims that they can report, they will be believed and Thames Valley Police will work to bring offenders to justice.
“There is further information on our website on how to report as well as advice and support on what to do if you’ve been a victim or witnessed child abuse.”