Rotherham man jailed over child sex offence

Gareth Ball
Gareth Ball

A 35-year-old man has been jailed for more than seven years for sexual offences against a 15-year-old girl in Rotherham.

Gareth Dean Ball, of Rotherview Road in Canklow, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child under 16.

Sheffield Crown Court heard that he had supplied her with alcohol, which resulted in him engaging in sexual activity with her on August 25 last year.

Ball was jailed for seven years and eight months at Sheffield Crown Court.

DC Carla Dodsworth, from South Yorkshire Police, welcomed the jail term.

She said: “This man took advantage of the trust of a young girl. I feel that the sentence he has received reflects the seriousness of the offence and I hope it will enable the girl and her family to try and move forward.”