Doncaster paedophile jailed for 11 years

David Joseph Coates, of Thorne, has been jailed
David Joseph Coates, of Thorne, has been jailed

A paedophile who sexually abused a young girl in Doncaster has been jailed for 11 years.

David Joseph Coates, aged 43, of Cherry Tree Drive, Thorne, was found guilty of eight counts of sexual assault after a trial.

He began assaulting the child when she was eight years old, with the abuse being repeated over a number of years.

Temporary Detective Sergeant Laura Jones, who led the police investigation into the abuse, said: “I hope the proceedings enable the victim and her family to begin to move forward from the most traumatic time in her young life.

“Her bravery in coming forward to report this awful crime is commendable and I hope she is reassured knowing her abuser is behind bars.

“Any form of child abuse is truly despicable and we remain dedicated to identifying those responsible for these horrific acts and bringing them before the courts.”

Coates was also jailed for four months for a domestic assault, with the sentence added on to the sex abuse jail term.