A Rotherham man has been jailed for sexually abusing three children in a period lasting three decades. David Hodson, from Station Road in Rotherham, appeared in Sheffield Crown Court on Monday, September 11, for his sentencing. There, the 72-year-old was jailed for seven years and six months.
He had pleaded guilty to indecency with a child, three counts of sexual assault of a child under 13 and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. According to South Yorkshire Police, the court heard how his offences against the three children took place over a timeline of more than 30 years.
The judge Recorder Richard Wright KC said Hodson was a “calculating and determined sexual predator” and granted the three victims restraining orders. He also have Hodson a life-long sexual harm prevention order which means he cannot have unsupervised contact with children under 16.
The investigation lasted more than two years, and Investigation Officer Molly Southworth, who was in charge of the investigation, said: “The victims in this case have shown an immeasurable amount of courage during the course of this investigation. Without their bravery and support, Hodson’s offending would have undoubtedly continued.
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“The sentence Hodson now has to serve means he will be in his late 70s before he is even eligible to be released on licence. After this he will have lifelong conditions and monitoring requirements to protect children from his depraved sexual offending. I hope this sentence allows the victims some closure.
“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage victims of sexual abuse to contact the police, regardless of the length of time passed since the offending. It’s never too late to report your concerns to us. Alternatively, there are third party agencies who can assist with support and counselling if victims are not yet ready to make a formal report to the police.”
If you have experienced sexual violence or abuse South Yorkshire police say there is free specialist and confidential support available on the 24/7 Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Line. This is run by Rape Crisis and is funded by the government, designed for anyone aged over 16 in England and Wales.
The police also added that victims of sexual offences are granted lifelong anonymity under the Sexual Offences Act. This means it is illegal to identify any victims, or to post information which could lead to their identification. There is more support for victims on the South Yorkshire Police website here.