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Rotherham abuser Stephen Smith jailed for 'vile' sex offences against girls

Stephen Smith, 44, Image copyright South Yorkshire Police
Image caption Stephen Smith, 44, subjected two teenagers to "a despicable ordeal" between 2008 and 2014, police said

A man who sexually abused two young girls in "a despicable ordeal" in Rotherham has been jailed for 10 years.

Stephen Smith, 44, of Creighton Avenue, Rawmarsh, was found guilty of 10 sex offences by a jury after a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

South Yorkshire Police said he abused the teenagers between 2008 and 2014, described the abuse he subjected the girls to as "vile".

Smith was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.

He had denied six counts of sexual assault, two of sexual activity with a child, one charge of sexual assault on a child and also sexual activity.

'Exceptionally brave'

Det Cons Rachel Morton said: "Smith took advantage of two vulnerable girls, subjecting them to numerous ordeals over a period of time.

"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."

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