Rotherham man jailed for sexually abusing teenagers
A Rotherham man has been jailed for 'vile' and 'despicable' sex attacks on two vulnerable teenage girls.
Stephen Smith, of Creighton Avenue, Rawmarsh, was found guilty of 10 sexual offences - seven counts of sexual assault, one count of sexual activity and two counts of sexual activity with a child - following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court in February this year.
He was jailed today for the attacks and placed on the sex offender register indefinitely.
Detective Constable Rachel Morton, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “Smith took advantage of two vulnerable girls, subjecting them to numerous ordeals over a period of time.
“The investigation, launched in 2014, revealed the vile nature of Smith’s abuse and I would like to praise the two victims in coming forward to tell us what happened to them.
“Smith put two vulnerable children through a despicable ordeal and I hope that seeing him behind bars will go some way towards helping the victims and their families to move forward with their lives.”
Sentencing Smith, Judge Jacqueline Davies, said: “You have displayed a sexual attraction to female children, with elements of grooming and a strong element of persistence on your part.
“You exploited them for your own sexual gratification. You have shown absolutely no remorse."