Doncaster man found guilty of child sex offences

David Coates has been jailed for sex offences
David Coates has been jailed for sex offences
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A Doncaster man is behind bars for sexually abusing a young girl over a number of years.

David Joseph Coates, aged 43, of Cherry Tree Drive, Thorne, was found guilty of eight counts of sexual assault following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

Jurors heard how his victim came forward in August 2014 to report the abuse.

Temporary Detective Sergeant Laura Jones, from Doncaster’s Public Protection Unit, said: “Coates continued to deny his offending, which meant the victim was subjected to the additional distress of a public trial.

“She has been incredibly brave throughout our investigation and during legal proceedings.

“I hope that the guilty conviction from the jury last week offers some comfort to the victim and her family after what has been the most traumatic time in their lives.”

Coates has been remanded in custody and is to be sentenced on Friday, October 30.