February 2019: Appeal against his 25-year prison sentence has been thrown out at the High Court.

May 2018

Man convicted of raping girls in Rotherham

A paedophile who carried out 17 sex attacks on three young girls has been jailed for 25 years.

Tony Chapman, 42, from Rotherham, was convicted of raping, physically assaulting and threatening to kill two girls after a nine-day trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

The abuse took place between October 2013 and May 2015 when all of the girls were under the age of 16.

He was convicted of two counts of raping the second girl.

Chapman admitted 12 counts of indecent assault and four counts of rape of a third underage girl between February 1998 and January 1998 at a court appearance in April.

Jailing him for 25 years, Judge David Dixon described Chapman as a ‘very dangerous and callous man who thought he was invincible’.

He added he has shown ‘no remorse’ for his actions, and said of the victims: ‘These brave women will be listened to and looked after.’

Chapman was brought to justice following an investigation by the National Crime Agency as part of Operation Stovewood.