Roger Dodds, 83 is currently serving a 16 year prison sentence for sexual assaults on young men and a boy dating back to the 1970’s and 80’s. He was convicted of these offences in 2017.

At the time the offences were committed Dodds was working for Sheffield Council in the Education Department. He was found guilty of forcing young men to perform sexual acts in return for grant payments.

Yesterday Dodds pleaded guilty to a further 14 sex offences and is due to be sentenced on the 18th April 2019 via video link from HMP Wakefield. Dodds pleaded not guilty to the offence of misconduct in a public office. Judge Jeremy Richardson said this would be left on file.

Dodds appeared at Court by video link and only confirmed his name and plea. Prosecutor Gordon Stables told Sheffield Crown Court, “ all the complainants were abused by Dodds after applying for education grants to go to college or university”, similar circumstances to his earlier convictions.

Sheffield City Council commissioned in 2008 a report in response to the police investigations. It said;

“Dodds was able to exploit his position, first in the education department and later giving grants to college students, to ‘pursue his sexual satisfaction’, partly through ‘substantial unregulated and unsupervised access to schools’.”

It also said that Dodds was:

“careful and thoughtful’ about his choice of victim to minmise the risk of being found out, and boasted about his sexual exploits during his ‘extensive’ travelling abroad.”

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