Barnsley man jailed for quarter of a century for child sex offences

Date published: 28 March 2018 11:02
Dated: 28 March 2018 11:59:31

A Barnsley man who sexually abused three young boys will face the next two decades behind bars for his heinous crimes.

Jamie Mann, 26, was found guilty by a jury of 15 counts of sexual offences against children - including rape and sexual assault -  at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday 27 March). He was subsequently sentenced to a total of 25-years in jail, with the requirement to serve a minimum of 14.

In 2016, an investigation was launched and Mann, of Dennison Court, Barnsley, was arrested in connection to the abuse of the boys, committed over a five-year period. The boys were all under the age of 13 at the time the offences occurred.

Detective Sergeant Jo Chambers and Detective Constable Elinor Duke, who led the investigation into Mann, said that he deliberately targeted vulnerable children to carry out these despicable crimes.

“Mann made efforts to gain the trust of these children, with the aim of abusing that trust to commit the most heinous of crimes against them for his own selfish sexual gratification.

“Throughout our investigation, despite the strong and extensive evidence gathered against him, Mann continued to deny his guilt, which resulted in a two-week trial in which his victims were forced to relive and recount their ordeals in court.

“We’d like to praise the victims for the bravery they have shown, from the day they came forward to tell us what happened, to the immense courage they have demonstrated throughout the entire investigation and court process. We hope that knowing Mann is behind bars for a very long time goes some way in helping both them and their families move forward with their lives.”

“This understandably caused significant distress, anxiety and upset to not only the victim’s but to their families as well. They have however, shown incredible strength in going through this process and it is a credit to them that Mann was found guilty and is now behind bars.

“We’d like to praise the victims for the bravery they have shown, from the day they came forward to tell us what happened, to the immense courage they have demonstrated throughout the entire investigation and court process. We hope that knowing Mann is behind bars for a very long time goes some way in helping both them and their families move forward with their lives.”

Mann will also be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order upon his release and will be placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

South Yorkshire Police is committed to bringing the perpetrators of child sexual abuse before the courts and will always listen to victims who come forward to report such abuse. Every effort will always be made to bring offenders before the courts and to justice.

If you have concerns, you can phone 101 or the national helpline Say Something on 116 000.

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