Video: Sheffield child sex trial pervert named

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This is the pervert pensioner convicted of sexually assaulting three girls as part of the child prostitution trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

The Star can today report his identity for the first time after a judge at Sheffield Crown Court lifted a reporting restriction following his convictions for three sex attacks.

Ian Foster.

Ian Foster.

Foster was convicted by a jury of three counts of sexual assault on girls aged eleven, 14 and 20, by a jury which also convicted female pimp Amanda Spencer of 16 child prostitution offences.

And we can reveal Ian Foster, aged 68, of Peckham Road, High Green, Sheffield, was also convicted of a string of sex attacks on seven teenage girls and a boy in February this year - the youngest was just 13.

The court heard Foster met the victims from the second trial through 23-year-old Amanda Spencer, of Canklow Road, Canklow, Rotherham, who called him ‘Uncle Ian’.

The sex attacks took place at his former home in Constable Road, Gleadless, Sheffield, where he touched his three victims indecently.

The offences relating to his first trial took place at locations in and around Barnsley, including Cannon Hall.

At that trial he was convicted of six counts of sexual activity with a child, five of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

At the first trial the jury was told he was a ‘manipulative’ pensioner who plied teenagers with alcohol and cigarettes before sexually assaulting them.

This afternoon Amanda Spencer was cleared of a further charge of arranging or facilitating a child sex offence.

The jury was discharged after failing to reach verdicts on 14 other counts relating to Spencer.

Both Foster and Spencer were remanded in custody awaiting sentence.

Speaking after the hearing detective chief inspector Bob Chapman from South Yorkshire Police said: “I am very pleased that the evidence given by the victims in this trial has in the main, been vindicated by the verdicts today.

“They have had to attend court to re-live the terrible events they have suffered all over again.

“They have been extremely brave and the investigation team and I are proud of all of them. 
“The convicted defendants have got exactly what they deserved and I’m delighted with the verdicts.

He added: “This has been a long, complex and challenging case.

“South Yorkshire Police and partners are committed to protecting vulnerable people and will do whatever possible to ensure that offences of child sexual exploitation are thoroughly investigated and brought before the courts.”