Market sex pervert jailed

Robert Buckley, 54, of Tickhill Road, Balby, was found guilty of indecent assaults on children.
Robert Buckley, 54, of Tickhill Road, Balby, was found guilty of indecent assaults on children.

A former market manager has been convicted and sentenced for five counts of sexual offences against two girls under 16 who he met through his job.

Robert Buckley, known locally as Bob Buckley, was found guilty of two counts of inciting sexual activity with a child under 16 and three counts of indecent assault of a girl under 14.

The indecent assaults were committed in 1996 when Buckley was 32 years old, and he committed the inciting sexual activity offences in 2012.

Buckley, now aged 54, has been sentenced to 12 months in prison, and has been placed on the Sexual Offenders’ Register for 10 years.

After the case one of Buckley’s victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she was disappointed by the shortness of his sentence, but felt that justice had been done.

She added: “I don’t think he got anywhere near long enough for what he did, but I understand the judge has to go on the guidance of the law.

“I’m glad to know he’s off the streets so hopefully won’t be able to access any more children.

“I would encourage anyone who has had this happen to them to come forward.

“It’s been hard but worth it.”

Buckley, of Tickhill Road in Balby, worked as a manager at Edlington market for a number of years during the 1990s.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson confirmed he met and befriended the girls through his role as a market manager.

Det Con Richard Dickinson said: “I want to praise both the victims in this case for having the courage to come forward and report these offences to the police.

“We will always investigate reports made to us, regardless of when the offences were committed, and securing a conviction in this case I hope highlights our commitment to protecting victims and ensuring those responsible are prosecuted.”

Buckley was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court.

Anyone wishing to report a crime can do so by contacting South Yorkshire Police on 101, or by calling the crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.