A man who sexually exploited two 15-year-old girls has been jailed for six years.
Lee Pearson, aged 28, of Wright Street, North Anston, Rotherham, forced the girls into a sexual relationship with him despite knowing they were both underage, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
Pearson befriended the girls when they were both 14 and the abuse began several months later in September 2011.
He repeatedly assaulted both girls and threatened one of his victims with violence.
The court heard the abuse continued for almost a year before one of the victims plucked up the courage to contact police.
South Yorkshire Police’s Child Sexual Exploitation Unit launched an investigation and Pearson was arrested and charged with rape, sexual activity with a child and sexual assault.
He was convicted following a seven day trial and was jailed.
Detective Constable James Crossley said: “This man exploited these girls, who were vulnerable due to their age, for his own sexual gratification.
“I would like to commend the bravery of both young girls for reporting it.”