Sheffield man sentenced for raping and abusing two teenagers

A 60 year old man who raped two teenagers has been sentenced to 15 and a half years in prison.

Woodward, formally of Hatfield House Lane, Shiregreen, committed repeated sexual assaults on both teenagers, and raped one on multiple occasions.

Temporary Detective Sergeant Susannah Taylor from Sheffield’s Protecting Vulnerable People team said: “Woodward behaved in a predatory manner towards his victims, subjecting them to unsolicited sexual advances before carrying out his awful crimes.”

She added: “I am pleased that he has been found guilty of multiple, serious sexual offences.”

At the time of the offences, both victims were under the age of 18.

After his trial on 30 January, Woodward was found guilty of three counts of rape, three counts of sexual assault and two counts of attempted sexual assault at Sheffield Crown Court.

He was sentenced on Wednesday 15 March.

One victim told investigating officers that she was told by Woodward to not speak of the abuse to anyone, and to keep it to herself.

This victim is legally unable to be identified.

The other victim explained to a jury at Sheffield Crown Court about how she shouted ‘no’ as Woodward raped her numerous times, ignoring her pleas for him to stop.

Temporary Detective Sergeant Susannah Taylor also said: “Both victims have demonstrated commendable bravery and strength throughout our investigation and because Woodward refused to accept responsibility for his offending, they have had to provide evidence before a jury, which in itself is a daunting experience.

“I hope his sentencing provides some solace to his victims knowing he is no longer at liberty and can’t harm anyone else.”

If you or someone you know has suffered something similar, check this link for help and guidance: Help after rape and sexual assault – NHS (

Written by Darcie Peskir

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