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Rotherham child sex abuse youth worker Darren Swift jailed

Darren Swift Image copyright South yorkshire police
Image caption Darren Swift was a youth worker when he sexually abused four boys over a 17-year period between 1980 and 1997 in Rotherham

A man who "groomed" and sexually abused four boys in Rotherham during the 1980s and 1990s has been jailed for 23 years.

Darren Swift, 51, was found guilty of 43 sex offences after a trial at Sheffield Crown Court last October.

He denied 26 counts of indecent assault, 12 counts of gross indecency and five other sex offences.

The boys were aged between eight and 14 when they were abused during a 17-year period between 1980 and 1997, South Yorkshire Police said.

Swift, of Lawrence Road, Telford, Shropshire, worked at a number of sporting clubs and youth groups in Rotherham at the time he committed the offences, the force said.

Det Con Ian Hampshire said: "Each victim was subjected to years of abuse by this man who held several positions of trust for various community groups, where he met and effectively groomed these vulnerable young boys for his own sexual gratification."

Det Con Hampshire said the boys had "the courage to come forward and disclose their ordeal to police".

"Because Swift continually denied his guilt, each victim was forced to relive their traumatic experience in front of a jury, which is further testament to their strength of character," he said.

"I hope that for the victims, this marks the conclusion of years of torment for them and their families and they can now begin to move forward with their lives knowing their abuser is behind bars."

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