A ‘manipulative’ pensioner has been found guilty of plying teenagers with alcohol and cigarettes before sexually assaulting them.
The 68-year-old South Yorkshire man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court of sexual activity with eight different underage victims.
The youngest was just 13.
The court heard the offences took place in the defendant’s car at secluded spots in and around Barnsley including at Cannon Hall.
He targeted seven girls and a boy between January 2004 and December 2009.
The man was cleared of one count of sexual activity with a child in relation to a teenage boy and jurors were unable reach verdicts on eight further counts which related to two teenage girls.
Michelle Colbourne QC, prosecuting said: “For a number of years in his late 50s and since turning 60, he chose to spend his time with young teenagers.
“He went out night after night in his car and gave those youngsters the opportunity to behave in a way which would have undoubtedly shocked their parents.
“He behaved in a clever and attractive way to manipulate them.
“He bought them alcohol and cigarettes, he took them clubbing, he encouraged them to talk about sex and he let them stay at his house when they weren’t fit to go home.
“He did not do this out of desperation to keep them safe and off the streets. The prosecution say he was attracted to them in a sexual way.”
The pensioner will be sentenced at a date to be fixed.