Operation Stovewood: three men charged with child sex offences

THREE men have appeared in court charged with rape and other sexual offences against two teenagers living in a children’s home by investigators looking into child sexual abuse in Rotherham.

Absolom Sigiyo (39), of Longfellow Drive, Herringthorpe, has been charged with rape, attempted rape and witness intimidation under the National Crime Agency's Operation Stovewood.


Jacek Brozozwski (33), of Middle Avenue, Rawmarsh, faces two charges of engaging in sexual activity and inciting sexual activity with a girl aged between 13 and 15.

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Romulad Stefan Houphoet (36), of Spital Lane, Sheffield, has been charged with four counts of rape.

The charges relate to offences alleged to have been committed in 2011 and 2012, when the two victims were aged between 13 and 15 years old and living in a children’s home.

All three men appeared before Sheffield Magistrates' Court yesterday, where they were bailed to appear at the city’s Crown Court on Monday, February 6.


Describing the charges as charges “an important milestone” in the long-running investigation, NCA senior investigating officer Philip Marshall said: “Operation Stovewood continues to investigate allegations of non-familial child sexual abuse in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.


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“Our priority at all times is the victims, and I’d once again encourage anyone who believes they were a victim or has information that might assist our investigations to contact us.”


Officers can be contacted by email [email protected] or by calling the NCA control centre on 0370 496 7622, quoting Operation Stovewood.