A 56-year-old Rotherham man has been sentenced to six years in prison and will be on the sex offenders register for life after admitting multiple child sexual offences.
Alan Stanley Battye, formerly of Doncaster Road, Rotherham, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court today (Tuesday 29 January) to be sentenced.
Battye pleaded guilty to 14 offences at an earlier court hearing. The charges included sexual activity with a child and making indecent photographs of children.
The charges relate to a teenage boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
Battye’s offending came to light in 2016, when Derbyshire Police passed on information to officers in South Yorkshire, after an individual close to the victim reported concerns to police.
Officers identified Battye, arrested him and seized his electronic devices, which contained indecent images of children.
Detective Constable Alex Furniss, who investigated the matter, said: “I am pleased that Battye is now in prison for his awful crimes and I commend those involved in this case for coming forward to make their concerns known to police.
“Battye held a position of trust locally and I understand that news of this case will be upsetting and distressing.
“Such was the nature of Battye’s offending, his grooming of his victim, that they didn’t feel able to support our investigation. This can happen and is understandable given the manipulative nature of this type of criminality, as victims don’t always feel they have been victims.
“We were able to build a solid case to put before the courts and Battye accepted responsibility for his crimes. He is now behind bars and I hope the victim is reassured by the action taken by officers to put this individual in prison where he can cause no further harm.”
If you have concerns, please call police on 101. You can also call the national helpline Say Something on 116 000, or Childline on 0800 1111.
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