January 2022

‘Wicked’ Barnsley paedophile raped young boy and forced him to do sex acts

A “truly wicked” paedophile has been jailed for repeatedly raping a young boy and making him carry out sex acts.

Kristopher Griffiths was told to reflect on what he had done by a judge who sentenced him to 17 years behind bars for the abuse of a boy aged under 10.

The 30-year-old, from Barnsley, would make the young boy carry out sex acts upon him and told his victim not to tell anyone about the abuse, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

The boy is said to have suffered severe psychological problems as a result of the abuse.

Judge Jeremy Richardson told him the reality is that sex offenders are targets within the country’s prisons.

Sentencing him to 17 years in prison after admitting two counts of rape of a child and one count of sexual activity with a child, he said: “I am aware that you will find prison particularly hard.

“Offenders of your type, I’m afraid, face particular problems in the custodial environment.

“I have all of that well in mind and all other various features in the case.”

Griffiths, of Meadsted Drive, Royston, was also made the subject of a lifelong sexual harm prevention order and will be on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely