Thames Valley Police have said underage Banbury girls were subjected to ‘horrific sexual offences’ following the conviction of six Banbury men for child sexual exploitation offences.
Five men and a 17-year-old youth have today, Friday, been found guilty of child sexual exploitation offences in Banbury following an eight-week trial Oxford Crown Court.
Senior investigating officer, Det Insp Steve Raffield, from Banbury Force CID, said: “These offenders abused the trust of the vulnerable young victims for the purpose of their own sexual gratification.
“The girls were subject to horrific sexual offences including, in some cases, rape at the hands of these defendants.
“These horrific crimes will have a lasting impact upon the victims’ lives.
“The fact that the offenders maintained they were not guilty of the offences resulted in the victims having to relive their experiences by giving evidence in court.
“If you are a victim of a sexual offence please come forward and we will listen to what you have to say, deal with any reports sensitively.”Supt Kath Lowe
“I would like to thank the victims for the courage they have shown in doing this, which has resulted in today’s conviction.”
Ahmed Hassan-Sule, aged 21, of Glyndebourne Gardens, Highlands, Banbury, was found guilty of 13 counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of assault by penetration.
Mohamed Saleh, aged 22, of Orchard Way, Banbury, was convicted of two counts of sexual activity with a child. He was acquitted of a further count of sexual activity with a child and was also acquitted of one count of rape.
Said Saleh, aged 20, also of Orchard Way, Banbury, was found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child. He was acquitted of one count of sexual activity with a child.
Kagiso Manase, aged 25, of Warwick Road, Banbury, was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child, two count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of sexual assault.
Takudzwa Hova, 21, of Broughton Road, was found guilty of one count of rape, one count of sexual activity with a child and two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. He was also cleared of one count of rape.
The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of one count of rape.
Alexandru Nae, aged 19, of Broome Way, Banbury, was acquitted of one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of rape.
The defendants contacted the victims through social media and meetings before sexual offences were committed against them.
The offences took place from 2009 to 2014 in and around the areas of Banbury and Kings Sutton.
Thames Valley Police carried out warrants to make the arrests in June 2014, as a result of Operation Reportage, led by Banbury Force CID and Oxfordshire Children’s Social Care Team through the multi-agency Kingfisher Team.
All of the adult defendants were charged with the offences on June 25, 2014. The 17-year-old was charged with the offences on July 17.
Supt Kath Lowe, LPA Commander Cherwell and West Oxfordshire, said: “Child sexual exploitation is a priority for Thames Valley Police.
“Every day we work to identify and tackle the problem. This includes all my staff: all officers and PCSOs on the ground and through working with partners such as the Kingfisher Team and local councils.
“We also go into schools, visit youth centres, patrol in parks and other areas where children get together and we talk with community groups on a regular basis to raise awareness of CSE.
“I hope this conviction sends out the strong message that Thames Valley Police and its partner agencies treat reports of child sexual exploitation with the utmost importance.
“If you are a victim of a sexual offence please come forward and we will listen to what you have to say, deal with any reports sensitively, and provide help.”
Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: “The abuse these girls were subjected to was truly appalling.
“No-one, let alone a child, should ever be exploited as these young victims were. I thank all who bravely came forward to provide evidence for the prosecution.
“You have enabled your abusers to face trial and be brought to justice.
“The Crown Prosecution Service has made tackling child sexual abuse a national priority. In 2013, the Director of Public Prosecutions announced a radical programme of work in this area to ensure that police and prosecutors deliver justice for more victims than ever before. We are becoming increasingly adept at securing convictions and delivering justice for victims.
“In this case we worked closely with Thames Valley Police from early in the investigation to help build the strongest possible prosecution case.
“Their investigators, and Crown Prosecution Service lawyers and caseworkers have worked tirelessly to bring this difficult prosecution to court.”
The defendants are due to be sentenced on April 17 at Oxford Crown Court.
If you or someone you know is a victim of child sexual exploitation call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.