In a significant development at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday, January 9, a Kirklees man, Ryan Baskerville, aged 30 and branded dangerous by detectives, has been sentenced to 12 years behind bars after confessing to child sex offences.

Baskerville, a resident of Liversedge, received a seven-year prison term along with five years on licence, as determined by the court. Additionally, he has been subjected to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

During the proceedings at Leeds Crown Court, it was revealed that Baskerville committed a series of sexual offences against a young boy spanning the years 2020 to 2022. The gravity of his actions came to light when the victim bravely disclosed the incidents, prompting a report to be filed with Kirklees Police.

Following the report, the Kirklees District Child Safeguarding Unit initiated a thorough investigation, leading to Baskerville’s subsequent arrest and formal charges.

DC Angus Whitehead of the Kirklees Child Safeguarding Unit, who led the investigation, said: “I would like to praise the courage of the victim and his family for coming forward and reporting Baskerville’s offending. They have shown great fortitude throughout the investigation and court processes. I would also like to extend my thanks to the witnesses who provided evidence allowing justice to be served.

 “I welcome the sentence handed down by Leeds Crown Court to Baskerville for his abhorrent crimes. He is a dangerous and manipulative offender and I hope that today’s sentence will give the victim and his family some solace, allowing them to move on with their lives.

 “We would encourage any victims of unreported sexual offences whether recent or non-recent to come forward and contact the police. We handle all reports with the utmost sensitivity, and we will thoroughly investigate and bring those responsible to justice.”