October 2020

Child rapist found guilty 

A 48-year-old man has been found guilty of multiple counts of child sexual offences.

Paul Andrew Degenhart has been on trial at Sheffield Crown Court since Monday 5 October charged with 34 counts of child sexual offences, including 20 counts of indecent assault, seven counts of indecency with a child and four counts of rape.

After three days of deliberations, a jury found Degenhart guilty of 33 offences – 20 counts of indecent assault, six counts of indecency with a child, four counts of rape, two counts of buggery and one count of attempted rape.

The court heard how Degenhart, formerly of Raeburn Road, Sheffield, sexually abused four children in Sheffield in the 1980s and 1990s.