November 2017

Man jailed for sexually abusing Rotherham girls

A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to ten years in prison for the sexual abuse of three young girls in Rotherham in 2015.

Ben Chivers, formerly of Rawmarsh, Rotherham, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court today (Monday 27 November) to receive his sentence.

Last month, Chivers pleaded guilty to raping a 12-year-old girl, three counts of sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl and three counts of sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl.

Temporary Detective Sergeant Gareth Gent from Rotherham said: “Chivers targeted underage girls online, grooming them with affection.

“Once his victims were in his grasp, he encouraged them to meet up and subjected these three girls to horrendous sexual abuse.

“They have been remarkably brave throughout our investigation and they are to be commended for their courage.

“I hope that with the lengthy sentence passed down today, this is another step forward in the girls’ recovery from their abuse, knowing that the person who caused them such harm is now behind bars for a long time.”

Ian Thomas, Strategic Director of Children and Young People’s Services at Rotherham Council said: “Chivers clearly preyed on these young girls’ vulnerability knowing full well their ages and knowing full well what he was doing was wrong.

“Rotherham is no hiding place for evil and through our partnership working with both South Yorkshire Police and Barnardo’s we have been able to work with these courageous victims to support them and to help them bring their perpetrators to justice.

“This sentence today once again shows we will not stop until we find the people committing these acts of evil and making sure they pay for what they have done.”

Chivers was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).

October 2017

Two men jailed for sexually abusing three South Yorkshire girls

Ben Chivers, 20, and Brett Ashley McLaughlan, 25, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court charged with child sexual offences in 2015, which took place in Rotherham.

Chivers, of Rawmarsh in Rotherham, pleaded guilty to raping a 12-year-old, three counts of sexual activity with a 13-year-old and three counts of sexual activity with a 14-year-old in 2015.

McLaughlan, also of Rawmarsh, was charged with the sexual assault of a 14-year-old and the rape of a 12-year-old.

He was found guilty of rape and not guilty of sexual assault.

Both men have been remanded into custody and will be sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court in the next two months, after reports have been compiled and reviewed by the court.

During the trial, which began on Wednesday. the court heard how in April 2015, Chivers and McLaughlan targeted their victims, all girls under the age of 15, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Chivers befriended them online and arranged to meet them, before committing sexual offences against the girls.