Another gang has been found guilty of sexually assaulting teenage girls in Rotherham.
Operation Stovewood, which was set up in 2014 and is overseen by the National Crime Agency (NCA) has been investigating child abuse exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013 and has identified more than 1500 victims.
There is 250 staff involved in the operation and it is expected that it is expected that 90 million will have been spent on the investigation by 2014.
One of their 22 investigations has recently concluded at the Sheffield Crown Court. A gang of seven men have been found guilty of several counts of indecent assault and will be sentenced on the 16th November 2018. Another man has been found guilty of two counts of rape. The NCA have confirmed that they are investigating a further 275 people and have 151 suspects, almost all of whom live in Rotherham.
The trial lasted for 8 weeks and the Court heard evidence from complainants who are now in their 30’s about their ordeal. One complainant told the Court how she had sex with at least 100 Asian men by the time she was 16 and another described how she was gang-raped in a forest and threatened with being abandoned there. The Jury heard how the girls were “lured by the excitement of friendship with older Asian youths but then sexually assaulted and passed between men.”
Michelle Colborne the Prosecuting Counsel said:
“When they were in their teens, they were targeted, sexualised and, in some instances, subjected to acts of a degrading and violent nature at the hands of these men who sit in the dock. None of them had the maturity to understand that they were being groomed and exploited.”
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