A BARNSLEY man has been jailed for 14 years after being found guilty of multiple child sex abuse offences - including against a girl who was under 14.

54-year-old Michael Sanderson, of Jump, was on trial at Sheffield Crown Court charged with 12 offences, including nine counts of indecent assault of a female under 14-years-old and three counts of inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency.

He was found guilty of 11 counts (he was found not guilty on one count of indecent assault) and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

A police investigation into Sanderson was launched in January 2015, when an adult woman – who cannot be named for legal reasons – came forward and said that Sanderson had sexually abused her as a child in the 1980s.

Further enquiries identified a second victim, who also reported sexual abuse in the 1980s.

DC Elinor Duke, from Barnsley’s Child Abuse Unit, said: “Sanderson continued to deny his guilt throughout our inquiry, meaning our victims had to go through a trial process and further prolong their distress.

“He is now serving a considerable sentence in prison for his crimes and I hope that the brave women who came forward to report this abuse are reassured by this successful conviction."