A 39-year-old Rotherham man has been jailed for 12 years, with an extension of four years, for sexually abusing five children, as well as possessing and distributing indecent images of children.
Jason Madden, of Leopold Street, Dinnington, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court today (Tuesday 28 June) to receive his sentence after pleading guilty to ten counts of indecent assault, two counts of gross indecency and one count of sexual assault at an earlier hearing.
He also entered guilty pleas to five counts of possessing indecent images of children and one count of distributing indecent images of children to 12 other users at the same hearing.
He was given an extended sentence of 16-years, to serve 12-years behind bars with a four-year extension.
The court heard how Madden abused his victims, four boys and a girl who were between the ages of five and 13-years-old, on separate occasions over a 12-year period in Rotherham.
In 2014, officers executed a warrant at Madden’s home. The computers and electronic devices seized revealed thousands of indecent images of children.
A joint investigation by South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council was launched and it was during this investigation that victims began to come forward and disclose historic sexual abuse by Madden.
Investigating officer Acting Detective Sergeant Gareth Gent said: “Madden preyed on young children for his own sexual gratification – a truly heinous crime.
“In some cases, his victims revealed that he had given them money and told them not to say anything, exploiting these vulnerable young children even further.
“The victims have been remarkably brave throughout a complex and lengthy police investigation and I am pleased that Madden entered guilty pleas at court. This has spared the victims, some of whom remain young children, from the further ordeal of a trial.
“I hope that today’s result offers them some comfort in the knowledge that this man is now behind bars for his crimes, and I hope it encourages other victims of sexual abuse to come forward and speak to police.
“We are determined to bring perpetrators of child sexual abuse before the courts and will do all that we can to ensure these criminals can cause no further harm to children in South Yorkshire.”
Ian Thomas, Rotherham Council’s Strategic Director of Children’s Services said: “This conviction is a good outcome for what is an appalling case and the courage, patience and bravery of these victims to bring this case to court should be commended.
"Once again this verdict is testimony to the many people working across the council and the police coming together with a shared commitment to victims of these type of crimes. We will all continue to work together to keep our children safe, and to root out abuse wherever we find it, and whoever perpetrates it."
Please note that victims of sexual offences are granted anonymity for life under the Sexual Offences Act. Anyone who identifies a victim of a sexual offence, or posts information that could lead to the identification of a victim, could face prosecution.