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54-year-old jailed for sexual abuse in the 1980s

A 54-year-old Barnsley man has been jailed for 14 years after being found guilty of multiple child sexual abuse offences.

Michael Sanderson, Barnsley, was on trial at Sheffield Crown Court charged with 12 offences, nine counts of indecent assault of a female under 14-years-old and three counts of inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency.

He was found guilty of 11 counts (he was not guilty on one count of indecent assault) and on Friday 30 June, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

A police investigation into Sanderson was launched in January 2015, when an adult womancame forward and disclosed that Sanderson had sexually abused her as a child, in the 1980s.

Sanderson will spend 14 years in jail Credit: PA Images

This has been a lengthy investigation but this dangerous individual is finally behind bars.

Sanderson continued to deny his guilt throughout our inquiry, meaning our victims had to go through a trial process and further prolong their distress.

He is now serving a considerable sentence in prison for his crimes and I hope that the brave women who came forward to report this abuse are reassured by this successful conviction.

I hope this case highlights that we will do whatever we can to investigate crimes of child sexual abuse, even if they took place decades ago, and wherever we can we will bring the perpetrators before the courts.

– DC Elinor Duke, Barnsley’s Child Abuse Unit