Sheffield man jailed for sexually assaulting a child

A former company chief executive has been jailed for five years for sexually assaulting a child and possessing and distributing indecent images.

Brian Hall, 62, of Moorthorpe Rise, Sheffield, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court today (Wednesday 1 April) after admitting sexually assaulting a child under 13, possession of indecent images and distributing indecent images.

Hall was arrested after South Yorkshire Police officers carried out a warrant at his house in June 2014 after receiving intelligence from the National Crime Agency (NCA) that he was using a computer at the address to access and distribute indecent images of children.

His computer was seized and officers found it contained a number of indecent images.

Officers also discovered footage of him sexually assaulting a young child.

He was charged with the offences and remanded is custody.

Investigating officer Police Constable Andrew Parker said: “Hall was the chief executive of an engineering firm and was well respected within the business community until his arrest.

“This case highlights that predators of this nature can come from any walk of life.

“We act on any information or intelligence passed to police and by working with our partners in the NCA we have caught a dangerous man and prevented further offending.”

If you have information about someone you suspect of abusing children call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also visit the NSPCC website for information and advice