May 2016

“In denial” paedophile jailed for ten years

Stephen Smith

Smirking & unapologetic paedophile Stephen Smith who abused two teenage girls has been jailed for ten years.

Smith, of Creighton Avenue, Rawmarsh, was found guilty of 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.

The 44-year-old, who claimed the victims were lying, was back in court today for sentencing and was jailed for 10 years.

He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely upon his release.

Investigating officer Det Con Rachel Morton, said Smith’s “despicable” behaviour spanned over six years and he took advantage of two vulnerable Rotherham girls.

One of Smith’s victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was raped at his Creighton Avenue home between 2009 and 2011, when she was 13 or 14.

Smith also groped her in his car and, on another occasion, took her to his home and had sex with her after saying he would drop her off at her house.

Det Con Rachel Morton added: “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.

“They have been exceptionally brave and composed throughout this entire process and without their courage to come forward, Smith would not have been brought to justice today.

“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.”

Her Honour Judge Jacqueline Davies told Smith: “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, you are still in denial and are dismissive of your actions.

“These were serious offences, as are any involving young girls”.