A Dewsbury man has been jailed for 16 years for grooming and child sex offences.
Shaun Parkin, aged 52, of Castle Crescent in Dewsbury, was sentenced on 3 September at Leeds Crown Court after pleading guilty to a number of serious crimes against two children aged 10 and 11.
His abhorrent crimes span back to 2005 and up until 2017, when he sexually abused two male children from the ages of 10 and 11. He was arrested in December 2017 and has been in custody since then.
Judge Battye handed him a 13 year prison sentence for rape and sexual activity with a child in relation to the first victim and then a five year sentence for the abuse against his second victim which will be served consecutively giving a total sentence of 16 years and nine months.
He was also given a life-long Sexual Harm Prevention Order and on the Sex Offenders Register for life.
DC Carolyne White, of Kirklees Child Safeguarding Unit, said: “We welcome the sentence handed down to Parkin today for the abuse he inflicted on two vulnerable children.
“Parkin put his victims through a horrendous ordeal for so many years, he groomed them and used their vulnerabilities in order to abuse them. He has furthered their suffering by not admitting his guilt and forcing them to give evidence at court and reliving some truly terrible memories from their childhood.
“I would like to praise both victims for their courage and bravery throughout this entire judicial process and I hope that today’s sentence goes some way to start to give them some closure from their ordeals.
“In Kirklees, we have specialist teams of officers who work tirelessly to investigate crimes against children and I would encourage anyone who has any information about sexual offending against children to contact the police via 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”