A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to ten years in prison for the sexual abuse of three young girls in Rotherham in 2015.
Ben Chivers (right), formerly of Rawmarsh, Rotherham, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court today (Monday 27 November) to receive his sentence.
Last month, Chivers pleaded guilty to raping a 12-year-old girl, three counts of sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl and three counts of sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl.
Temporary Detective Sergeant Gareth Gent from Rotherham said: “Chivers targeted underage girls online, grooming them with affection.
“Once his victims were in his grasp, he encouraged them to meet up and subjected these three girls to horrendous sexual abuse.
“They have been remarkably brave throughout our investigation and they are to be commended for their courage.
“I hope that with the lengthy sentence passed down today, this is another step forward in the girls’ recovery from their abuse, knowing that the person who caused them such harm is now behind bars for a long time.”
Ian Thomas, Strategic Director of Children and Young People’s Services at Rotherham Council said: “Chivers clearly preyed on these young girls’ vulnerability knowing full well their ages and knowing full well what he was doing was wrong.
“Rotherham is no hiding place for evil and through our partnership working with both South Yorkshire Police and Barnardo’s we have been able to work with these courageous victims to support them and to help them bring their perpetrators to justice.
“This sentence today once again shows we will not stop until we find the people committing these acts of evil and making sure they pay for what they have done.”
Chivers was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).
Please remember victims of sexual offences are guaranteed lifelong anonymity under the Sexual Offences Act. Anyone who identifies a victim, or who posts information about a victim that could lead to them being identified, is breaking the law.
More information about child sexual exploitation can be found on the South Yorkshire Police website here: www.southyorks.police.uk/spotthesigns.
Anyone with concerns about a child can call police on 101, or call/text the national helpline Say Something on 116 000. The NSPCC also has 24/7 help available by calling 0808 800 5000 or emailing email@example.com.
Chivers’ co-accused, Rotherham man Brett Ashley McLaughlan (25), will appear before Sheffield Crown Court in January 2018 to be sentenced after being found guilty of rape following a trial in October.