Man jailed for sexually abusing child in Doncaster

Mark RichmondA 27-year-old man has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years behind bars for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in Doncaster.

Mark Andrew Richmond, of Whitcomb Drive, Rossington, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday 28 June) to receive his sentence after entering a guilty plea to sexual activity with a child at an earlier hearing.

A police investigation was launched in December 2015 when the victim’s family reported concerns to officers.

Detective Constable David Whitehouse, from the Doncaster Child Abuse Investigation Team, said: “This has been a complex investigation and I commend the victim in this case for her strength throughout our inquiry.

“Richmond (pictured right) has accepted responsibility for his vile crime and this result shows that we will continue in our relentless pursuit of sexual offenders to protect children and young people from harm.

“I hope this case acts as further encouragement to victims and survivors of sexual exploitation that we investigate these matters thoroughly, and will do whatever we can to bring perpetrators of abuse before the courts.”

Richmond was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register.

Anyone with concerns about child sexual exploitation should call police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can also call the national helpline Say Something on 116 000.