A 44-year-old man has today (Friday 27 May 2016) been jailed for 10 years for sexually abusing two teenagers in Rotherham.
Stephen Smith, of Creighton Avenue, Rawmarsh, was found guilty of 10 sexual offences (seven counts of sexual assault, one count of sexual activity and two counts of sexual activity with a child), following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court in February this year.
He was back in court today for sentencing and was jailed for a total of 10 years.
He will also have to sign on to the sex offender register indefinitely upon his release.
Investigating Officer Detective Constable Rachel Morton, said: “Smith took advantage of two vulnerable girls, subjecting them to numerous ordeals over a period of time.
“The investigation, launched in 2014, revealed the vile nature of Smith’s abuse and I would like to praise the two victims in coming forward to tell us what happened to them.
“They have been exceptionally brave and composed throughout this entire process and without their courage to come forward, Smith would not have been brought to justice today.
“Smith put two vulnerable children through a despicable ordeal and I hope that seeing him behind bars will go some way towards helping the victims and their families to move forward with their lives.”
Her Honour Judge Davies, on sentencing Smith, told him: “You have displayed a sexual attraction to female children, with elements of grooming and a strong element of persistence on your part.
“You exploited them for your own sexual gratification.
“You have shown absolutely no remorse, you are still in denial and are dismissive of your actions. These were serious offences, as are any involving young girls”.
If you have any concerns, or wish to pass information to South Yorkshire Police about sexual abuse, please call 101 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111