July 2016

Man jailed for gang’s rape and sale of boy, 14, for sex

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A Stoke-on-Trent man was part of a gang which has been jailed for almost 60 years for committing historical sexual offences against two boys.

Ashley Sherrington, aged 24, of Dawlish Drive, Bentilee, was sentenced to nine years in prison for rape after a jury at Warwick Crown Court found him guilty of his part in a gang which abused the boys and sold them for sex.

Another man has been jailed for life and eight others received sentences totalling 58 years after a three-month trial in May.

The court heard how two separate victims had been left traumatised by the abuse. One of the victims was aged 15 at the time of the offences in 2002 and 2003, the second was between 14 and 15 at the time of the offences in 2009 and 2010.

The convictions followed a a review of the historic investigations was conducted by West Midlands Police Public Protection officers.

A further approach was made to the victim – then aged 18 – who agreed to co-operate with the police review team. He provided further details of the abuse he had suffered and details which lead to the review team being able to identify 12 men.