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Sexual predator who featured on Crimewatch jailed for his perverse actions

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09 February 2024 16:58

The law has finally caught up on a man who thought he could run from officers and his actions.

Featuring on Crimewatch twice after committing sexual offences in Rotherham and Cornwall, Darren Oldham, 35, of Middleton Road, Banbury has been jailed.

On 29 January 2022, Oldham sexually assaulted a teenage girl in Rotherham after plying her with drugs.

The brave girl reported to the police that after being given cannabis to smoke, she was awoken to find Oldham sexually assaulting her.

Months later, while on holiday in Cornwall, Oldham again sexually assaulted a 14 year-old girl after meeting her and her friend for the first time near to a beach.

After giving the girls cannabis and alcohol, Oldham sexually assaulted the intoxicated victim after being left alone with her.

Oldham fled the scene and showing no remorse for his actions actively evaded police.

A hunt for him began and on 8 November 2022 he was arrested and charged with two counts of assault of a female over 13 (but under 16) by penetration and one count of sexual touching of a child over 13 (but under 16).

Oldham pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and was sentenced on Wednesday 7 February at Sheffield Crown Court to nine years in prison, extended by three years on licence and a restraining order not to contact the victim.

Investigating Officer PC Adam Jones said: “Oldham took advantage of two vulnerable young girls, and I am pleased he will now serve time in prison.

“Justice for the victims would not have been possible without their commendable bravery, showing such courage for young girls.

“We are committed to reducing harm to women and girls and removing Oldham from our communities ensures we are working towards that goal.”

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