Predatory and manipulative paedophile Ricky Clench from Harrogate jailed for host of child sex offences including rape

A predatory and manipulative paedophile from Harrogate has been jailed for 15 years for a series of child sex offences including rape.

Ricky Andrew Clench, 41, was found guilty of the rape of a child under 13, assault of a child under 13 by penetration and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity on Tuesday following a trial at Teeside Crown Court.

On Wednesday, a judge sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

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Clench was also issued with an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

Ricky Andrew Clench, 41, was found guilty of the rape of a child under 13, assault of a child under 13 by penetration and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity on Tuesday following a trial at Teeside Crown Court.
Ricky Andrew Clench, 41, was found guilty of the rape of a child under 13, assault of a child under 13 by penetration and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity on Tuesday following a trial at Teeside Crown Court.

Teeside Crown Court heard how Clench’s reign of abuse started in August 2017 when he lived in the Northallerton area and continued until September 2018, when the victim bravely came forward and reported his offences to the police.

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The jury found him guilty of all three of the charges.

Detective Constable Jason Roper, of Northallerton CID, led the investigation.

He said: “The significant sentence handed to Ricky Clench reflects the gravity of the offences he has committed. He is a predatory and manipulative paedophile who has shown no consideration for his victim throughout the investigation and the court proceedings.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the victim for their bravery and courage in coming forward to report such a harrowing experience, and also to their family for the support they have shown throughout the investigation.”