Barnsley man jailed for raping young girl
A man who sexually abused a young girl in Barnsley over a nine-month period has been jailed for 15 years.
Dale Smith, of Wombwell in the South Yorkshire town, was convicted in February of three counts of rape of a child and six other sexual offences.
Sheffield Crown Court had heard 35-year-old Smith's victim, who is now a young woman, was under 10 years old.
South Yorkshire Police praised her bravery in coming forward, saying she had been "incredibly courageous".
Det Insp Gary Askew said she had shown a great deal of strength through a police investigation and subsequent trial.
He added: "Smith refused to accept responsibility for his crimes and this woman had to relive her abuse before a jury, who convicted Smith of multiple horrific offences."
In addition to the jail term, Smith was also given a one-year extended licence, a sexual harm prevention order and has been placed on the sex offenders register.