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Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Nottingham man, 70, jailed for 25 years for historical sexual offences against young girls

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A man who sexually abused young girls has been jailed for 25 years – more than three decades after his last offence.

Kevin Knott, 70, was arrested in 2019 after several historic allegations were made against him.

After a painstaking investigation by detectives at Nottinghamshire Police he was charged with a range of sexual offences committed against two girls who were aged between five and 12 years old.

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The offences took place in multiple addresses in Nottingham and Devon in the 1970s and 1980s and were first reported to police in April 2019.

Officers form the force’s pubic protection team took detailed accounts from the complainants and interviewed several other key witnesses.

Knott denied that any of the offences had happened and claimed his accusers were making them up.

A trial jury, however, disagreed and convicted him of two counts of having sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, 11 counts of indecent assault of a girl under 14, and two counts of gross indecency with a child under 14.

Knott was also convicted of a further four counts of indecent assault committed against another girl when he was still a child.

Because of his age at the time of the offences in the 1960s he received no separate penalty, but the offences were treated as an aggravating factor in his sentence.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday, Knott, of Staverton Road, Nottingham, was jailed for a total of 25 years.

Detective Constable Richard Robertson, of Nottinghamshire Police, has been leading the investigation.

He said: “Knott was responsible for a horrendous and calculating catalogue of offences that would have gone unpunished without the bravery of his victims, who showed remarkable courage and stoicism in explaining so clearly what Knott had put them through all those years ago.

“Even though these offences happened a very long time ago we investigated them in exactly the same way we always do – with care, determination and professionalism. I am delighted that we have been able to get justice for these women. Although Knott’s despicable actions will always remain with them, I do hope that this very long sentence can bring them a sense of closure.

“I would also like to remind all victims of sexual abuse that it is never too late to report what happened to you in the past. We will listen to you, we will investigate and we will to our absolute best to get justice for you.”