Man jailed for child sexual offences in Rotherham

Date published: 27 June 2023 14:13
Dated: 27 June 2023 15:09:07

A 54-year-old man who indecently assaulted two children has begun a 14-year prison sentence.

Andrew Wileman abused his victims, who are entitled to lifelong anonymity, on numerous occasions in Rotherham in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The court heard how Wileman would indecently assault his victims, before buying them sweets and warning them against telling anyone what was happening.

Detective Constable Emma Parsons, from Rotherham’s Protecting Vulnerable People (PVP) team, said: “Both of the victims in this case were incredibly brave to report the horrific abuse they suffered at the hands of Andrew Wileman. I want to thank them for their support during the lengthy investigations and subsequent court proceedings.

“No child should ever have to endure what happened to them, and I hope they are now able to begin to heal and rebuild their lives, knowing that Wileman is beginning a lengthy custodial sentence.

“I also hope this result will give other victims of historic sexual abuse the confidence to talk to us.”

Wileman, formerly of Maltby but more recently of Chelynch Road, Ganesfield in Somerset, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (Monday 26 June) where he was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

He had admitted four counts of indecent assault on a child, two counts of gross indecency with a child and one count of indecency with a child on the third day of a trial in March.

A further two charges against the victims and one further charge against a third victim were ordered to lie on file.

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

If you have concerns, you can call police on 101. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000, and if you’re under 18 you can contact Childline on 0800 1111. The national helpline Say Something is also available – you can call or text 116 000.

White man with balding head and a hoop earring in each ear facing the camera

Andrew Wileman

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