June 2018

Child rapist jailed for 15 years

A child rapist who told his victim he was her “fairy godfather” has been jailed for 15 years.

Russell Callear (40), of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday (4) after being found guilty of ten sex offences.

Callear sexually abused the girl in Rotherham in the 1990s, when he was a teenager.

He was found guilty of four counts of rape, three of indecent assault and three of indecent activity with a child.

A jury returned a unanimous verdict on all ten counts following a five-day trial last month.

Mr Paul O’Shea, prosecuting, said during the trial Callear had committed a series of serious offences against the girl, which started out by touching.

He said the girl, who cannot be identified, did not speak about the abuse for many years.

Callear told the girl he was her “fairy godfather” and she should do what she was told.

South Yorkshire Police has been asked for a custody image of Callear.

May 2018

Man guilty of sexually abusing schoolgirl more than 25 years ago

A man has been found guilty of raping and sexually abusing a schoolgirl in Rotherham more than 25 years ago.

Russell Callear (40), of no fixed abode, was found guilty of ten sex offences, including four of rape, at Sheffield Crown Court today (Friday).

Callear sexually abused the girl in Rotherham between 1992 and 1997, when he was a teenager.

He was found guilty of four counts of rape, three of indecent assault and three of indecent activity with a child.

A jury returned a unanimous verdict on all ten counts after deliberating for one hour and 37 minutes.

Callear was remanded into custody and is due to be sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on June 4.

The indictment, which originally contained 15 offences, was altered during the trial.