‘I cried into my pillow every night’ Rotherham child sex abuse victim speaks out as attacker sentenced

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One of the victims of a sexual assault over 20 years ago as a child has said the incident has ‘polluted and corrupted’ her childhood.

Jason Garside, aged 43 of Thicket Drive, Maltby, was sentenced to 34 months in prison for crimes committed over 20 years ago.

At a trial last month, a jury at Sheffield Crown Court found Garside guilty of two counts of indecent assault.

He had entered guilty pleas to a further two counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency at the start of the trial.

The offences took place in a village near Maltby between 1989 and 1992.

Rachel Harrison, prosecuting, read out a victim statement from one of the victims, now 33.

It read: “We moved to the village thinking it would be a good place to bring me and my brother up, the village was my playground.

“This was my childhood and Garside polluted and corrupted me.

“I cried into my pillow at night as a young girl so my parents couldn’t hear me.”

“I’ve tried many times though my life to come to terms with it and have suffered with anxiety and depression.”

Garside aged 17 at the time joined the two victims in a den where they were playing and sexually assaulted the two girls.

In 1995 Garside also pleaded guilty to three offences of indecent assault against a boy under the age of 14.

Amanda Denton, defending, said: “A psycological assessment from 1994 shown his level of maturity was operating at the same age of about 10 years old.

“He is man who has had difficulties throughout his child hood and a struggle with his maturity and sexual maturity.

“This was a young man operating at a lower maturity level and has spent the rest of his adult life having not committed any further offences.”

Judge Julian Goose QC said: “The victim would play out with friends and you developed a sexual interest in the complainents and indecently assaulted both girls.

“You told them not to say anything and effectively silenced them untill they were adults.

“One of the victims has suffered severe psycological harm and she has been effected by this all of her adult life.

“This has also affected adult relationships and her husband has woken up to her screams in the night.”

Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Constable Nichole Russell said: “Garside’s victims have shown exceptional bravery, especially as he continued to deny elements of his offending and put them through the painful process of recounting their abuse at a trial.

“Throughout, they have conducted themselves admirably and I hope they are reassured by today’s sentencing, knowing their abuser is finally behind bars.

“This case further demonstrates that South Yorkshire Police will take robust action against those who sexually abuse children, regardless of when the abuse took place, and we will do whatever we can to bring these offenders before the courts.”

Garside was also given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.