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Man jailed for 11 years for child abuse

A man from Thorne has been jailed for 11 years after being found guilty of multiple sexual offences against a young girl in Doncaster.

David Joseph Coates was jailed for 11 years Credit: South Yorkshire Police

43-year-old David Joseph Coates, of Cherry Tree Drive, Thorne, was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court today after a jury found him guilty of eight counts of sexual assault following a trial last month.

The jury heard how Coates abused an eight-year-old girl and continued offending over a number of years in the Doncaster area.

The girl came forward in August 2014 to report her abuse to police and an investigation began.

Coates was also jailed for four months for an unrelated domestic assault, to run consecutively.