A boy who absconded from his care home when he was 14 years old was subjected to horrific sexual abuse.
The boy failed to return to the home after a family visit and was missing for 10 days. During this time he alleged that he was abused by one of the men charged Stephen Kelly, who had also sold him to other men in return for sexual acts.
A few months later he ran away from the home again and on this ocassion he was made subject to two secure orders by the Children’s Services. The boy then began to disclose the abuse he had suffered.
In 2013 the West Midlands Police reviewed the case. The boy was able to provide more information which led to 12 men being investigated. On the 6th July 2016, 9 men were sentenced for sexual offences.
Assistant Chief Constable Carl Foulkes said, ” It has been a long and complex process to bring these men to trial when initially it was believed that there wasn’t enough evidence. We have now seen justice for those subjected to horrific offences. West Midlands Police have moved on significantly in recent years and we take reports of sexual abuse very seriously. I would encourage anyone who has suffered to report it to us or an independent sexual violence advisor who can offer guidance and support.”that he was abused by one of the men charged Stephen Kelly, who had also sold him to other men in return for sexual acts.