Sheffield man jailed for raping girl, aged 11

Tyrone Jackson
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A Sheffield man has been jailed for raping an 11-year-old girl he befriended on a social network site.

Tyrone Jackson, of Swanbourne Road, Sheffield Lane Top, met the girl while using the Blackberry instant messaging service and asked her to send topless photos.

They met at Meadowhall shopping centre and Jackson, aged 21, gave the victim a bracelet before taking her to his home, where the sexual activity took place.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Jackson, who was 20 at the time, admitted rape and sexual assault.

James Horne, mitigating, said: “The activity engaged in was consensual.”

He said Jackson was schizophrenic, epileptic and
 of slightly low intelligence.

Mr Horne said: “He struggles to find common ground with people his own age.”

He said Jackson thought the girl was 16 at the time and he was behaving lawfully.

Jailing him for three years, Judge Paul Watson, who also issued a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, said: “There is no suggestion that in any way you exploited her by reason of her age.”

Detective Constable Ian Hampshire, who led the investigation, said: “The victim in this case has displayed an unbelievable amount of courage and resilience during this process, especially considering her young age.

“I wish to extend my thanks for the patience, determination and trust demonstrated by the victim and by her family.

“They were offered support at all stages of the investigation by our officers and also by partner agencies in Rotherham.

“The sentence given to Jackson reflects the appalling nature of this crime.

“This result demonstrates South Yorkshire Police’s commitment to thoroughly investigating all allegations of rape and sexual assault and our demonstration to bring offenders to justice.”