Man convicted of raping girls in Rotherham

|News, Sexual offences

A man who sexually abused three girls has been convicted today (3 May) in one of a series of trials connected to allegations of child sexual abuse in Rotherham.

Tony Chapman, 42, admitted 12 counts of indecent assault against one victim but denied raping two other girls and using threats and violence against one of them.

However, following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court, Chapman was convicted of three counts of rape, one charge of causing actual bodily harm and one count of making threats to kill.

Chapman’s first victim was 13 years old and in the care of Social Services when he exploited and abused her. He was 22 years old at the time. Some years later when Chapman was 38 and 40 he abused two further teenage girls.

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

Fran Gough, from the CPS, said: “Tony Chapman took advantage of three young girls and used his age to manipulate and dominate them to get what he wanted.

“Chapman denied he had raped his victims or used physical force 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 pay tribute to the victims who came forward and supported this prosecution.”

Chapman is due to be sentenced tomorrow (Friday 4 May).

Notes to editors

  • Fran Gough is a Specialist Prosecutor in the CPS International Justice and Organised Crime Division
  • Tony Chapman 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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