A BARNSLEY man who raped a schoolboy has been jailed for 17 years.

Kristopher Griffiths, 30, formerly of Meadstead Drive, pleaded guilty to rape of a child under 13 and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity at a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court on December 7.

The court was told how Griffiths sexually assaulted his victim – a young boy – multiple times between August 2018 and July 2019.

He was sentenced to 17 years behind bars last Friday, as well a lifelong sexual harm prevention order.

DC Elinor Duke, who led the investigation, said: “Griffith’s actions were absolutely deplorable.

“I am pleased that he has now, quite rightly, been put away for 17 years.

“Our streets are much safer without him.”