October 2017

Two men jailed for sexually abusing three South Yorkshire girls

Ben Chivers, 20, and Brett Ashley McLaughlan, 25, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court charged with child sexual offences in 2015, which took place in Rotherham.

Chivers, of Rawmarsh in Rotherham, pleaded guilty to raping a 12-year-old, three counts of sexual activity with a 13-year-old and three counts of sexual activity with a 14-year-old in 2015.

McLaughlan, also of Rawmarsh, was charged with the sexual assault of a 14-year-old and the rape of a 12-year-old.

He was found guilty of rape and not guilty of sexual assault.

Both men have been remanded into custody and will be sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court in the next two months, after reports have been compiled and reviewed by the court.

During the trial, which began on Wednesday. the court heard how in April 2015, Chivers and McLaughlan targeted their victims, all girls under the age of 15, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Chivers befriended them online and arranged to meet them, before committing sexual offences against the girls.