A sixth man has been jailed for his role in the sexual exploitation of a child in Staffordshire.
41 year old Nasir Ahmed of Rangemore Street, Burton-on-Trent, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison plus four years on extended licence at Stafford Court, after being found guilty of four counts of rape of a child under 13.
Ahmed was also sentenced to the following to run concurrently with the above 16-year term
4 years for 1 count of sexual assault on a child under 13
5 years for 1 count of sexual assault on a child under 13
2 years for 1 count of sexual assault on a child over 13
2 years for 1 count of allowing a child under 13 to watch a sexual act
This follows a hearing on Friday 18 July when five men from Burton were jailed for a total of 23 years for committing child exploitation offences.
The men were found guilty after a two-week trial at Stafford Crown Court in May. The trial followed a lengthy investigation by Staffordshire Police’s Child Exploitation Team concerning activity that took place in the Burton area between October 2012 and May 2013 involving the same victim. This latest hearing means that six men have been sentenced to a total of 52 years as a result of the investigation.
The men were arrested in Burton between 10 October 2013 and January 2014. A seventh suspect, a 17-year-old male from Burton, received a conditional youth caution for inciting sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15 and was referred to the Youth Offending Team.
Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, East Staffordshire Local Policing Team Commander, said: “We welcome the sentence handed out today, it reflects the despicable crimes committed by these individuals.
“While today sees the conclusion of the criminal justice process, we recognise that the victim will be affected for the rest of her life.
“We commend her absolute bravery and our role is to work with partners to offer her continued support. Victims of cases like this need to remain anonymous and we must stress how important it is for her privacy to be protected so she can begin to move on and by law victims of cases like this are guaranteed lifetime anonymity.
“The protection and care of vulnerable young people in Staffordshire is of utmost importance to us and something every officer seeks to ensure.
“These men, who acted in a predatory way and sought out a vulnerable young girl to abuse her, have been brought to justice. Their actions are inexcusable and the fact they show no remorse only highlights the sinister individuals we’re dealing with.
“Victims can be reassured that we take reports of child exploitation extremely seriously and we will always thoroughly investigate them. If you have any concerns about a child being exploited or abused please contact Staffordshire Police on 101.”