April 2021

Convicted child rapist tried to meet 13-year-old girl for sex just months after release from prison

A convicted child rapist has been locked up for four years after attempting to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex just seven months after his release from a 12 year prison sentence.

Judge Jonathan Rose today agreed with a probation officer and a psychiatrist that Daniel Schofield was a high risk of causing serious harm to children and gave him an 11 year extended sentence.

Schofield, 33, of Lynfield Drive, Heaton, Bradford, was jailed on a video link to HMP Leeds after being recalled to prison until June, 2026.

The new sentence is made up of a four-year custodial term with a seven-year extended licence period.

Prosecutor Rebecca Young said Schofield was released from prison in June last year and by January he was messaging an undercover police officer posing as “Grace” aged 13.

He soon began including sexual messages in the online chat, saying her body was “just perfect” and he wanted to see it.

Schofield then sent a photo of an erect penis and asked for pictures of Grace in her underwear.

On January 12, he travelled from Bradford to Manchester to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl to have sex with her.

He was arrested and made no comment in his police interview.

Schofield pleaded guilty at the magistrates’ court to attempting to meet a girl aged 13 with the intention of committing a sexual offence.

In August, 2014, he was jailed for 12 years at Bradford Crown Court after getting two teenage schoolgirls drunk and attacking them at a house party.

He was convicted by a jury of two offences of rape, one of attempted rape, sexual activity with a child and causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

The court heard that he repeatedly raped and sexually molested a vulnerable child and bit her friend so hard on the breast that he caused her actual bodily harm.

Schofield had now admitted to having a sexual interest in underage girls.

Judge Rose said Schofield had been out of jail for just seven months when he messaged what he thought was a child of 13.

His chat soon became overtly sexual and within a week he was travelling to meet her.

“You are a man incapable of controlling your sexual drive towards young girls,” Judge Rose said.

Six years in jail had not cured his “paedophilic intent” to them.

“You are a dangerous man and your prison sentence has done nothing to deter your deviant sexual interest in young girls,” Judge Rose said.

Schofield must sign on the sex offender register for life and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order is in place without limit of time.

August 2014

‘Wicked and callous’ child rapist is jailed for 12 years by Bradford Crown Court judge

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A CHILD rapist who got two 14-year-old girls drunk on beer and vodka before attacking them at a house party was branded “wicked and callous” by a judge who jailed him for 12 years.

Daniel Schofield, 26, put his head in his hands in the secure dock at Bradford Crown Courtwhen he was sentenced for repeatedly raping and sexually molesting a vulnerable child and biting her friend so hard on the breast that he caused her actual bodily harm.

Schofield, of Lynfield Drive, Chellow Grange, Bradford, was convicted by a jury of two offences of rape, one of attempted rape, sexual activity with a child and causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

He had been remanded in custody while a report was prepared by the probation service.

Schofield lured three 14-year-old girls he met in Bradford city centre to a party at a house in Keighley in September, 2012.

He plied two of them with strong drink on the way and they became very drunk, the jury heard during the trial.

He escorted one upstairs to bed where he sexually abused her and tried to rape her, leaving her curled up in tears.

Schofield then took a second girl into another bedroom, where he bit her hard on the breast, leaving an obvious mark.

He then revisited his first victim and sexually abused her again, raping her twice.

When challenged by other young men at the party, he picked up a kitchen knife and left the house with it.

Schofield’s barrister, Sarah Barlow, said yesterday he was 24 at the time and immature. He was depressed, under mental strain and mixing with those much younger than himself.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said Schofield plied the girls with vodka and beer on the way to the party.

“I am sure you gave them drink with sinister intent and your conversation on route was sexual. You made no secret that you fancied them. You were 24. They were 14,” the judge said.

Schofield systematically abused and sexually assaulted one girl before raping her twice.

“You forced a protesting girl to suffer sustained abuse and rape,” Judge Durham Hall said.

It was rough, unprotected sex that caused her fear and misery.

“Your behaviour was wicked and nasty and callous and it inevitably raises the question that you pose a significant and obvious and self-evident danger to women, especially those under 16,” the judge said.

After the case, Detective Constable Rebecca Botwright, of the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, said: “Schofield knew his victims were not of consenting age, yet forced himself upon them after plying them with alcohol.

“This must have been very distressing for them and we would like to thank them for their courage in coming forward.

“We hope the sentence which has been passed down today will help to give them some closure.

“We also hope that it will encourage victims of sexual offences to come forward and report them to our specially trained officers, who will investigate every complaint, no matter how historic, with the aim of securing a conviction.”

July 2014

Man, 26, found guilty of raping schoolgirl at house party

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A 26-year-old man has been found guilty of raping a 14-year-old schoolgirl at a party.

Daniel Schofield was convicted by a jury today, by a majority of 10-2, of two counts of raping the girl at a house in Keighley in September 2012, when he was aged 24.

Schofield, of Lynfield Drive, Chellow Grange, Bradford, was also found guilty of attempted rape and a charge of sexual activity with a child, both by a majority of 10-2, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, by a majority of 11-1, after a seven-day trial.

He was convicted unanimously of further charges of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, and having a bladed article.

But the jury unanimously found Schofield not guilty of three charges of raping another 14-year-old schoolgirl and two of sexual activity with a child.

The jury of eight women and four men will continue its deliberations tomorrow on one further charge of rape. It has been considering its verdicts for more than 12 hours.

Schofield had denied all those charges. He had previously pleaded guilty to three additional charges of sexual activity with a child.

During the trial prosecutor Philip Standfast had told the jury Schofield had invited three 14-year-old girls to the party in Keighley. He paid their bus fares and bought vodka and lager which they drank on the way.

Mr Standfast said the defendant knew the girls’ ages and told them to say they were 16 when they got to the party.

The court heard that two of the girls were drunk when they arrived at the party and one took cannabis at the house.

Schofield then raped one of the girls in a bedroom at the house. When he was confronted by others at the house about the allegations he became aggressive, armed himself with a knife and left the house with it.

He later admitted he had consensual sex with one of the girls.

Giving evidence Schofield said he took one girl, who was drunk, to a bedroom, sat her on the edge of the bed, and went downstairs.

He said that when he went back upstairs to use the toilet she was waiting for him outside the bathroom and they had consensual sex in the bedroom.

He told the jury he shared a double bed with the other girl but did not have sex with her.

The trial continues.