PITTSBURG — A Pittsburg man is in jail tonight following his arrest on multiple sex charges.
According to a release from the Pittsburg Police Department, Gavin P. Wood, 22, was arrested on allegations he molested a 5 year-old child and a 6 year-old child.
The allegations stem from incidents reported in January of this year.
According to the release, on January 28, PPD investigators received a report concerning inappropriate sexual contact involving the 5 year-old and an adult male suspect. This incident was alleged to have occurred at residence located in Pittsburg in 2018.
While conducting follow up investigations into this matter, investigators learned that a second incident concerning inappropriate sexual contact, involving the 6 year-old, was alleged to have occurred involving the same suspect. This incident would have taken place at a different residence also located in Pittsburg, during January, 2019.
On Friday morning, March 15, 2019, investigators arrested Wood on two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy and one count of rape for the first incident involving the 5 year old, and two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy for the second incident involving the six year old. Wood was taken into custody without incident and taken to the Crawford County Jail for booking. Wood is being held without bond.
Wood has an extensive arrest record dating back to 2015 with arrests on domestic violence and drug charges.
Rape of a child under the age of 14 is an “off grid” felony carrying a mandatory sentence of life without the possibility of parole for 25 years as is aggravated criminal sodomy with a child under the age of 14.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing at this time. Anyone having information related to this incident, or other crimes, is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at (620) 231-1700, or at the automated tip line, (620) 231-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.
— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.