Man jailed for sexually abusing teenager in Rotherham

|News, Sexual offences

A 55-year-old man who sexually abused a teenager has been jailed for nine years.

Darren Hyett was found guilty of three counts of sexual activity with a child following a ten-day trial at Sheffield Crown Court and was sentenced at the same court today (12 October). The trial was one of a series connected to child sexual abuse in Rotherham.

The court heard that the offences took place when the victim was under the age of 16 and in the care of Social Services. The defendant was between 40 and 41 years old at the time.

Hyett was arrested in 2016 and charged following an investigation by the National Crime Agency.

Alison Cartmell, from the CPS, said:

“Darren Hyett preyed on a young, vulnerable teenager and bought her gifts, cigarettes and drugs to gain control over her for his own sexual gratification.

“He denied having sexual contact with the victim while she was under the age of 16, but evidence put forward by the CPS, including the victim’s accounts of the incidents, saw the jury find him guilty.

“I would like to thank the victim who came forward and bravely supported this prosecution.”

Notes to editors

Alison Cartmell is a Specialist Prosecutor in the CPS International Justice and Organised Crime Division

Darren Hyett (18.09.63) was prosecuted as part of Operation Stovewood, the National Crime Agency investigation into allegations of non-familial child sexual abuse in Rotherham

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