A ‘vile and loathsome’ man raped two women in front of their children in a terrifying attack on the Trans Pennine Trail.
Paul Eames, aged 40, of Redbourne Road, Bentley, attacked his victims after threatening to harm their children if they did not comply.
He struck on the section of the trail close to Grove Avenue in Bentley.
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Pete Swift said: “Eames’ actions that day were sickening and absolutely inexcusable. He made the women endure what can only be described as an agonising, vicious and traumatising attack.
“What intensifies the abhorrent nature of this attack even further is the fact Eames carried out his assault in the presence of five small children.
“The victims were given an horrendous choice on that day to either run and look after themselves or stay with the children in their care and ensure their wellbeing.
“The victims chose the second option and in doing so endured a despicable attack. The option they took should never be underestimated or forgot. What they experienced that day is the thing of nightmares and something that no-one should ever endure.”
Eames, who admitted three counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault, one count of attempt rape and two counts of robbery, has been remanded into custody to appear back at Sheffield Crown Court for sentencing on Wednesday, March 23.
DS Smith added: “Eames is a vile and loathsome individual. “The only thing I can say is that he has pleaded guilty to his crimes and saved the women the harrowing ordeal of a trial and having to relive that day.
“Thankfully the children are of an age where they will gradually forget the incident as they grow up. I hope in time and with help from friends, family and trained professionals the victims will be able to at least try and move forward with their lives.”