A MAN who sexually abused four boys over a six-year period has been jailed after pleading guilty to 27 child sex offences.
Christopher Dilkes (42), of Warwick Street, Rotherham, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday) to ten years in prison plus one-year extended licence.
Dilkes targeted the schoolboys, who were all aged under 16, between the late 1990s and early 2000s.
He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to 23 counts of indecent assault and four counts of attempted rape.
Det Con Emma Parsons said: “In 2016, one of Dilkes’ victims made the brave decision to report years of sexual abuse and we launched an investigation.
“Our enquiries revealed several more victims, each of whom has demonstrated exceptional courage to share with officers the horrific abuse they faced at Dilkes’ hands.
“Dilkes has pleaded guilty to his crimes and is now in prison, where he can cause no further harm.
“I hope this result offers his victims some form of closure, knowing that he has now been brought to justice.
“We will thoroughly investigate all reports of child sexual abuse, regardless of when the crimes took place, and bring the perpetrators before the courts.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said no custody photograph of Dilkes was available.
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