A man who abused seven young girls in Rotherham has been jailed for nine years
Corie Adams, aged 18, from Maltby, was sentenced after admitting offences including rape, grooming, sexual activity with a child, causing a child to engage in sexual activity, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and causing a child to watch a sexual act.
Adams struck over a one year period, with his victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, aged between 12 and 14.
South Yorkshire Police fear there may be more victims who have not yet come forward.
Detective Inspector John Fitzgibbons, who led the police probe into Adams' offending, said: “Adams has been remanded since earlier this year because of the risk he posed to young people in Rotherham and the sentence passed down to him today reflects the gravity of his crimes.
“He is now behind bars for a lengthy period of time. I hope this allows his victims, who have shown incredible bravery throughout our investigation, an opportunity to begin to heal from this horrific abuse with the support of specialist agencies.
“It takes such courage to come forward and report sexual abuse and I hope that if there are other victims out there, they feel that they can come forward and report what happened to them, knowing there are officers and other agencies out there who will do all they can to put offenders behind bars.
“I also want to take this opportunity to recognise the multi-agency team who have worked on this case for many months, supporting victims, gathering evidence and bringing this individual before the courts.
“They have worked tirelessly and relentlessly in the pursuit of justice for the victims and their families, and the successful conviction and sentencing of Adams is testament to their hard work.”
Adams was also handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for life.
Mark Langan, Senior Crown Prosecutor, said: “It is clear that Corie Adams preyed upon vulnerable young girls for his own sexual satisfaction. He has pleaded guilty to eleven sexual offences involving seven girls who were aged between 12 and 14 at the time of the offending.
“He was well aware how young the girls were, and in some instances lied about his own age in order to incite them into sexual activity, frequently initiating contact through social media.
“The evidence against Adams and the separate accounts given by the seven victims were compelling and he pleaded guilty to all eleven charges. He has now been sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment. I hope that the victims will find some comfort in this outcome and will feel able to go on to rebuild their lives.”
To report offences call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.