Dearne sex beast jailed for offences against children

David Kendrew.'Picture: South Yorkshire Police.
David Kendrew.'Picture: South Yorkshire Police.
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A 54-year-old has been jailed for 12 years for various sexual offences including rape and sexual activity with a child.

David Kendrew, of New Winterwell, Wath-upon-Dearne, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday October 29 and was sentenced to 12-years in prison.

Kendrew was sentenced to one count of indecent assault on a child, four counts of sexual activity with a child, one count of sexual assault and one count of rape.

The charges date back to 1976, with the most recent occurring in 2013.

He was arrested in April last year and pleaded guilty to all seven charges at earlier hearings.

The investigating officer in the case, Detective Constable Rachel Morton of the Rotherham Child Abuse Investigation Team, said: “The three victims involved in this case have shown remarkable courage in coming forward and reporting the abuse they suffered at the hands of Kendrew.

“The bravery and patience they have shown throughout the process has been commendable and I hope they can feel reassured knowing that Kendrew is now behind bars.”

One of the victims, who as a victim of a sexual offence is granted lifetime anonymity by law and must not be named, came forward to report the abuse she suffered by Kendrew in April last year.

An investigation was launched and as a result of information obtained, two other victims were identified.

Sentencing, HH Judge Lawler said: “This was the grossest abuse of trust of a vulnerable young girl, you groomed her from the start and later with bribes of cigarettes and alcohol.

“She submitted over the years as she did not know better, it was a way of life for her and she acquiesced.

“This was purely for your own sexual gratification. I am told the victim has not let this ruin her life which is great fortitude and courage on her part.”