Man jailed for over two decades for historic sexual offences

Date published: 21 May 2018 15:15
Dated: 21 May 2018 16:14:35

A man who was found guilty of historic sexual offences against children is now serving over 20-years behind bars.

Victims of Neil Frederick Beeken’s offending came forward in 2015, after seeing his name publicised in the media for a separate offence.

An investigation was subsequently launched in to 54-year-old Beeken, who appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday 17 May and was jailed for a total of 24-years for six counts of sexual offences against two children.

Beeken’s offending took place in Sheffield where he abused two girls, who were both under the age of 15 at the time. They cannot be named or identified for legal reasons.

He was convicted by a jury following an eight-day trial starting on Tuesday 8 May and has been on remand in HMP Lindholme since he was charged with the offences.

Detective Constable Rebecca Hardware, the investigating officer, said: “First and foremost I’d like to praise the victims for their bravery in coming forward to report what happened to them.

“The bravery and strength they have shown, especially throughout the trial, is commendable and it is with their support and courage that we’ve been able to bring Beeken before the courts.

“Beeken took advantage of the vulnerable nature of two young children, abusing them over a number of years. I’m incredibly pleased that he is now behind bars for over two decades and I hope that the victims and their families can take some solace in knowing this as they continue moving forward with their lives.”

Please note – we do not hold a picture of Beeken. Victims of sexual offences are granted lifelong anonymity under the Sexual Offences Act.

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