A predatory paedophile has been jailed for 12 years for sexually abusing five children and possessing thousands of child pornography images.
Jason Madden, aged 39, appeared at Sheffield crown Court for sentencing yesterday after pleading guilty to ten counts of indecent assault, two counts of gross indecency and one count of sexual assault.
Madden, of Leopold Street, Dinnington,also admitted five counts of possessing indecent images of children and one count of distributing indecent images of children to 12 people.
The court heard how Madden abused his victims – four boys and one girl aged between five and 13 – over a 12-year period in Rotherham.
In 2014, officers executed a warrant at Madden’s home. The computers and electronic devices seized revealed thousands of indecent images of children.
A joint investigation by South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council was launched and it was during this investigation that victims began to come forward and disclose historic sexual abuse by Madden.
Acting Detective Sergeant Gareth Gent said: “Madden preyed on young children for his own sexual gratification – a truly heinous crime.
“In some cases, his victims revealed that he had given them money and told them not to say anything, exploiting these vulnerable young children even further.
“The victims have been remarkably brave throughout a complex and lengthy police investigation and I am pleased that Madden entered guilty pleas at court.
“This has spared the victims, some of whom remain young children, from the further ordeal of a trial.”