A Rotherham child sex offender was locked up for 20 years yesterday, after he sexually abused two girls over a nine year period.

David Poucher, 42, of Oldgate Lane, was found guilty of 19 offences involving the two victims, which were committed between 2008 and 2019.

The charges included sexual assault, rape, sexual assault by penetration on children under 13 years and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Detective Constable Emma Parsons, said: “Poucher subjected his two young victims to horrific abuse and he has rightly been served a substantial custodial sentence for his crimes.

“I want to give my thanks to his victims for their bravery and support throughout this investigation and subsequent court proceedings. I hope his conviction and lengthy sentence will go some way in helping them as they continue on their journey to recovery.”

Poucher was found guilty on Friday 29 October after a week-long trial at Sheffield Crown Court and was sentenced on Monday 1 November.

He was handed a 20-year custodial sentence and was put on the sex offenders register for life.

Detective Constable Emma Parsons, continued: “I also hope this case illustrates that South Yorkshire Police is committed to investigating all reports of child sexual abuse.

“It is absolutely vital that any victim of child sexual abuse feels they can speak out and seek help. 

“In some cases, it takes a relative, family member, friend or loved one to take those first steps so my message is to everyone, if you have concerns, speak to us.

“Your actions could help safeguard or protect someone who is vulnerable, and they could also bring offenders to justice.”

For more information or if you would like to seek support, please call 101 for support and advice.