A 24-year-old man has been jailed after being convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Doncaster last year.
Thomas Cooper, formerly of Warmsworth Road, Doncaster, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday 1 February where he was sentenced to 12 years in prison, which was extended by five years due to him being deemed dangerous, which is 17 years in total.
The five-year extension will be served in the community.
Cooper pleaded guilty to sexual assault a day before his trial was about to begin.
In April 2018, a 14-year-old girl – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was walking through Hexthorpe Park in Doncaster when she became aware of a man, Cooper, approaching her.
Cooper asked the teenager for the time and when she said she was unable to help, he grabbed her and sexually assaulted her.
Cooper ran from the scene and the victim ran home to report the matter to her parents, who immediately called police.
Detective Constable Mark Jones said: “Cooper’s victim has been incredibly brave throughout our investigation and was able to work with our officers to provide vital information about her assailant and an e-fit image.
“Following a media appeal to the public, we were contacted by someone who held CCTV footage of a man they thought was behaving suspiciously and closely matched the e-fit. We were able to identify Cooper and arrest him within a few days of the incident occurring.
“I’m grateful for the support of our victim, her family and the wider public as we investigated this concerning crime.
“Cooper is now behind bars for a long time and I hope that the public are reassured by the swift action taken to bring this individual into custody.”
Pictured are e-fit images produced by the 14-year-old victim, a witness to the incident in the park, as well as Cooper’s custody image.