Sheffield paedophile has his sentence cut

Ian Foster.
Ian Foster.
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An ‘arrogant and determined’ paedophile from Sheffield who subjected nine school girls and a boy to vile sexual abuse has had his jail term cut on appeal.

Married pensioner Ian Foster, aged 69, molested underage teenagers and incited them to have sex with each other after plying them with booze, cigarettes and drugs, including Viagra.

Foster, of Peckham Road, High Green, was jailed for 14 years at Sheffield Crown Court in May after he was convicted of 15 child sex offences at two separate trials.

At the first trial he was found guilty of child sex offences relating to seven victims - six girls and a boy.

During the second he was convicted of sexually assaulting three vulnerable girls at his previous home in Gleadless Valley after being introduced to them by female pimp Amanda Spencer, aged 23.

Foster applied to have his jail term cut and senior judges sitting at the Court of Appeal in London agreed, reducing the sentence to 12 years.

Lady Justice Macur said Foster led a ‘voyeuristic and predatory offending lifestyle involving teenage children’.

He lured the victims to his home, car or remote spots where he would touch them inappropriately or command them to perform sex acts on each other.

He contacted his victims through a schoolgirl he had abused and through Spencer, a prostitute who lured ‘weak and vulnerable’ children into the sex trade, the court heard.

Spencer, from Canklow, Rotherham, was jailed for 12 years in May after she was convicted of 16 child prostitution offences at Sheffield Crown Court.

The court heard Foster still denies his crimes and insists he acted purely as a ‘friend’ to his victims.

He has 12 previous convictions for child sex offences, the court was told.

Lady Justice Macur reduced Foster’s jail term by two years, concluding: “To that extent, and that extent only, this appeal is allowed.”