SEVEN men have been found guilty of child sexual exploitation (CSE) offences against five girls — and an eighth man has been cleared of all charges.
Six men from Rotherham, and one from Sheffield, were found guilty of 24 offences at Sheffield Crown Court this morning (Monday) following an eight-week trial.
A jury of nine men and three women returned their verdicts following six hours and 16 minutes of deliberation.
Rotherham child sexual abuse: Gang of seven guilty
Seven men have been found guilty of grooming and abusing young girls, including one who was forced to have sex with “at least 100 Asian men” by the time she was 16.
Sheffield Crown Court heard how the men targeted and exploited the teenagers before subjecting them to acts of a “degrading and violent nature”.
They abused five young girls over a seven year period in Rotherham.
The gang were convicted of offences including rape and indecent assault.
One girl described being bitten and raped by two of the men in Sherwood Forest while “high as a kite” on drugs.
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A GANG of seven men convicted of sexually abusing five girls treated their victims like “disposable assets” and have shown no remorse.
Mohammed Imran Akhtar (37), of Godstone Road, Rotherham, Nabeel Kurshid (35), of Weetwood Road, Rotherham, Asif Ali (33), of Clough Road, Rotherham, Iqlak Yousaf (34), of Tooker Road, Rotherham, Salah El-Hakam (39), of Tudor Close, Sheffield, Tanweer Ali (37), of Godstone Road, Rotherham, and another man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were convicted at Sheffield Crown Court today following an eight-week trial.
The prosecutions were part of Operation Stovewood, the National Crime Agency’s investigation into historical child sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.
Victims believed ‘sex was the price they had to pay for friendship’
FIVE vulnerable teenage girls were raped and sexually abused by the seven men convicted at Sheffield Crown Court today.
All of the girls had unsettled home lives and none had the maturity to understand they were being groomed and exploited, said a National Crime Agency spokeswoman.
They believed that sex was the price they had to pay for friendship and were plied with alcohol and drugs, she added
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