Doncaster man pleads guilty to child rape among series of sexual offences

A man admitted to a number of child sexual offences, including rape and making indecent images, at Sheffield Crown Court today.

Stephen Riley, of Denaby, pleaded guilty to the rape of a child under 13, two counts of inciting a boy under 13 to engage in sexual activity and one count of inciting a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity.

Riley, 42, also pleaded guilty to four counts of making indecent images, one count of engaging in sexual activity in front of a child and possession of cannabis.

The offences were committed in August 2016 against three children, two boys and one girl, all under the age of 13.

South Yorkshire Police launched an investigation into Riley for unrelated matters, which led to his electronic items being seized.

Detective Inspector Richard Partridge, the investigating officer, said a number of indecent images and videos of children were uncovered on a camcorder, and the children’s families were alerted, leading to his arrest in relation to this case.

He said: “Over 90 videos of children were also discovered, many of which were indecent and showed Riley approaching children, making inappropriate requests.

“Despite the extensive evidence gathered against him, Riley continued to deny his guilt and feign innocence about the material found on the devices, until today when he entered guilty pleas to all counts against him.

“Riley preyed on young children for his own selfish, sexual gratification; inflicting severe pain and suffering on the lives of three children.”

He said he was “relieved” that the victims did not have to recount their experiences during a trial and added: “I hope that knowing he is facing significant time behind bars for theses despicable crimes, can help both them and their families to continue moving on with their lives.”

Riley will appear before Sheffield Crown Court for sentencing on Friday, 22 June.