November 2019

Pervert carried out “sickening sexual assault” on very young girl

A pervert who carried out a “sickening sexual assault” on a very young girl in York has been jailed for five years.

David Raymond May, 55, who is already a convicted sex offender, had denied indecently assaulting her until the first day of trial at York Crown Court on Wednesday, when he pleaded guilty.

North Yorkshire Police said his victim was aged about six or seven when the assault happened between 1996 and 1998, when he was in his 30s.

“He was known to the girl’s family despite previously saying he had no knowledge of her,” said a spokesperson.

While they were both visiting a house in York, he groomed the girl by offering her money. He deliberately isolated her in another part of the house where he carried out the indecent assault.

“May tried to cover up his offending by saying to the girl that it was their secret.

“Following many years of anguish, the victim bravely reported the incident to North Yorkshire Police in September 2018.

“A detailed investigation by York CID, led by Detective Constable Alastair Foy, helped to secure justice.”

The spokesperson said May’s time in prison would be followed by an extended licence period of a further year, and he would not be automatically released after serving half his sentence.

Instead, his case would be referred to the Parole Board, who would decide whether he should be released or not.

“He was made subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order which will restrict his access to children after his release,” they said.

“May will also remain on the sexual offenders’ register. This relates to a six year prison sentence he received at Lincoln Crown Court in May 2005 for indecent assaults on a different seven-year-old girl between 2003 and 2004.”