Two more years in jail for Sheffield child abuser

Shane WhiteleyA 30-year-old man convicted of multiple child sexual exploitation offences in Sheffield has had two years added on to his prison sentence.

Shane Whiteley (right), formerly of Hackenthorpe, Sheffield, was jailed for eight years on Friday 28 April this year, following a trial in which he was found guilty of conspiracy to cause child prostitution.

Whiteley has been on trial at Sheffield Crown Court this week, charged with attempting to cause child prostitution in connection with the same investigation.

He was found guilty of this offence and today (Thursday 26 October) ordered to serve another two years in prison when his current jail term ends.

Detective Constable Sarah Dolby from Sheffield’s child sexual exploitation team said: “Following the successful conviction and sentencing of four men and a woman for the systematic grooming and sexual abuse of children in Sheffield, we continued to work hard to progress outstanding matters against Shane Whiteley.

“After another six months of partnership working between South Yorkshire Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the local authority, we have been able to bring Whiteley back to court and secure a further conviction.

“Once again I’d like to recognise the courage of our victims, nine very brave women who came forward at the beginning of our investigation in 2015, who put their faith in South Yorkshire Police.

“I hope this addition to Whiteley’s jail sentence reassures our victims, and any victims of child sexual exploitation, that we will not rest until those involved in this horrific crime are brought before the courts." 

Anyone with concerns about child sexual exploitation should call 101, or 999 if a crime is in progress. Advice and support is also available by calling or texting the national helpline Say Something on 116 000.