Rotherham man jailed for 20 years for sexual offences against children

Date published: 04 November 2021 16:26
Dated: 04 November 2021 16:25:24
A Rotherham man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of sexual offences against children spanning nine years.
David Poucher, 42, of Oldgate Lane, was found guilty of 19 offences, including rape of a child under 13 years, sexual assault by penetration on a child under 13 years, causing/inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and sexual assault.
The offences were committed between 2008 and 2019 and relate to two victims.
Poucher was found guilty on Friday 29 October, following a week-long trial at Sheffield Crown Court, and was sentenced on Monday (1 November). He was served a 20-year custodial sentence and has also been placed on the sex offenders register. 
Detective Constable Emma Parsons said: “Poucher subjected his two young victims to horrific abuse and he has rightly been served a substantial custodial sentence for his crimes.
“I want to give my thanks to his victims for their bravery and support throughout this investigation and subsequent court proceedings. I hope his conviction and lengthy sentence will go some way in helping them as they continue on their journey to recovery.
“I also hope this case illustrates that South Yorkshire Police is committed to investigating all reports of child sexual abuse.
“It is absolutely vital that any victim of child sexual abuse feels they can speak out and seek help. 
“In some cases, it takes a relative, family member, friend or loved one to take those first steps so my message is to everyone, if you have concerns, speak to us.
“Your actions could help safeguard or protect someone who is vulnerable, and they could also bring offenders to justice.”
If you would like to speak to someone, please call 101 for support and advice today.
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