January 2019

Barnsley pensioner sentenced to 24 years for child sex offences

A Barnsley pensioner has been jailed for 24 years after pleading guilty to a catalogue of sexual offences against two children.

Derek Keeling, formerly from Wombwell, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court today for sentencing after entering guilty pleas to 24 sexual offences at a hearing in December last year.

At the December hearing, Keeling, 73, entered guilty pleas to multiple counts of rape, sexual assault of children under 13 and over, and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He also pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children, and one count of distributing indecent images of childre,

Keeling was sentenced to 24 years in prison and will serve a further year on licence, and has also been handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).