A 61-year-old man has been jailed for 26 years, after being found guilty of multiple counts of indecent assault, rape and sexual assault.

Raymond Rowland, formerly of Adwick Road, Mexborough was on trial at Sheffield Crown Court from Monday 14 October, charged with multiple sexual offences against five victims. He was sentenced on Thursday 21 November.

On Monday 28 October he was found guilty of 21 counts of indecent assault, rape and one sexual assault. The charges relate to five girls and boys who were aged between five and 12 years old when the abuse took place. The offending occurred over a period of 30 years, between 1974 and 2004.In 2018, Rowland was initially charged with offences against four victims before a further victim came forward.

Our investigation into Rowlands’s horrific offending began in 2014 when one of his victims – now an adult – bravely came forward and reported what had happened to him as a child. His strength and courage is remarkable and we commend him for taking this brave step. Further victims were identified as the inquiry progressed, and the scale of Rowland’s offending became clear. He has refused to accept responsibility for his crimes, subjecting his victims to the ordeal of a court trial where they have had to recount for a jury their awful experiences. We are pleased he has been convicted and sent to prison. We only hope this result offers the victims some form of closure and that they are able to find the strength to move forward with their lives.

Detective Constable Elinor Duke