Doncaster man who sexually abused children as young as five is jailed
A Doncaster man who sexually abused children as young as five has been jailed.
Raymond Rowland, formerly of Adwick Road, Mexborough, was found guilty of multiple counts of indecent assault, attempted rape and sexual assault against girls and boys who were aged between five and 12 at the time.
The 61-year-old was yesterday sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court to 26 years in prison.
Detective Constable Elinor Duke, who investigated the case alongside Detective Constable Craig Garland, said: “Our investigation into Rowlands’s horrific offending began in 2014 when one of his victims – now an adult – bravely came forward and reported what had happened to him as a child.
“His strength and courage is remarkable and we commend him for taking this brave step.
“Further victims were identified as the inquiry progressed, and the scale of Rowland’s offending became clear.
“He has refused to accept responsibility for his crimes, subjecting his victims to the ordeal of a court trial where they have had to recount for a jury their awful experiences.
“We are pleased he has been convicted and sent to prison. We only hope this result offers the victims some form of closure and that they are able to find the strength to move forward with their lives.”
Rowland was found guilty on October 28 of 21 counts, one of which was later removed meaning he was convicted of four counts of buggery, one of sexual assault, one of attempted rape, one of gross indecency and 13 of indecent assault.
The charges relate to five girls and boys who were aged between five and 12 years old when the abuse took place across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Cambridge.
He was initially charged in 2018 with offences against four victims before a further victim came forward.