Two men from South Yorkshire face sex charges

DI Delphine Waring.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
DI Delphine Waring. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
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Two men from South Yorkshire have been charged with a string of 69 sex offences against children.

Salesman Anthony Marsh, aged 53, and unemployed Lee Davis, aged 39, have been charged with 36 and 32 offences, respectively.

They are both accused of a joint charge of conspiracy to commit sexual activity with children.

Marsh – who also uses the names Tony Taylor and Tony Smith – is accused of possessing and distributing indecent images of children and sexual activity with a child.

Davis – who uses the alias James Parkin – has been charged with 32 offences including rape, sexual activity with a child, and taking indecent photographs of a child.

Detective Inspector Delphine Waring from South Yorkshire Police said: “Two men from South Yorkshire have been charged with 69 sexual offences against children.

“The offences with which the men have been charged are alleged to have taken place over a number of years, dating back to 2005.

“Anyone with any concerns about this case should contact South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2855.”

Marsh, of Menson Drive, Hatfield, Doncaster, and Davis, of Rowena Road, Conisbrough, Doncaster, have both been remanded in custody.

Both men are due to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on September 27 for a plea and case management hearing.

A trial date has been set for December.

The case is the latest alleged child abuse scandal to rock South Yorkshire.

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright last week asked the force to review how it handles child sexual exploitation cases.