Rotherham youth group volunteer guilty of abusing four boys

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A Rotherham youth group volunteer who abused four boys over the course of 17 years has been found guilty of 43 sexual offences.

Darren Swift, who is now of Lawrence Road, Telford, Shropshire, carried out his campaign of abuse between 1980 and 1997 while working at various local sporting clubs and youth groups in Rotherham.

He was found guilty by a jury at Doncaster Crown Court of 26 counts of indecent assault, 12 counts of indecency and five counts of buggery following a two-week trial.

One count of buggery was discarded during the trial.

The charges relate to four boys who were aged between eight and 14 when the abuse took place.

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Detective Constable Ian Hampshire who lead the investigation said: “Each victim was subjected to years of abuse by this man who was a trusted member of the local community.

“He held several positions of trust for various community groups, where he met and effectively groomed these vulnerable young boys for sexual purposes.

“I am pleased with the verdict reached today and I pay tribute to the victims who had the courage to come forward and disclose their ordeal.

“It is difficult to comprehend the strength it will have taken each victim to report this abuse to police years after it took place.

“Because Swift continually denied his guilt, each victim was forced to relive their traumatic experience in front of a jury, which is further testament to their strength of character.

“I hope that for the victims, this marks the conclusion of years of torment for them and their families.

“The force remains committed to tackling child sexual exploitation and take any reports of sexual abuse, historic or current, very seriously.”

Swift has been remanded into custody and will be sentenced next year.