January 2018

Sentencing postponed for gang who held girl, 14, captive and forced her to have sex with 20 men

A 14-year-old schoolgirl was forced to have sex with 20 people after being held captive for five days in Coventry.

Cops found her desperately trying to escape through a first floor bathroom window wearing only her underwear.

Jake Cairns, 21, of Coventry, Brandon Sharples, 20, of Coventry, and Jack McInally, 21, of no fixed address, were arrested by police who forced their way into the property.

They were found guilty of facilitating sexual exploitation of a child and will be sentenced on Thursday

Cairns, 21, was also found guilty of arranging child sexual exploitation and taking and distributing indecent images of a child.

He had taken explicit photos of the teen and posted them on an adult website.

The teenage girl disappeared from a relative’s home in Coventry in June 2015 and information led police to an address in Somerset Road, Radford, where they found the teenager trying to make her escape.

They forced open the front door to the property and arrested Cairns, McInally and Sharples.

The police investigation showed that Cairns had taken explicit photos of the teenager and posted them on adult contact site Viva Street. Detectives found an email address linking Cairns to the Viva Street advert.

The girl’s face was not visible but one photo featured a distinctive necklace belonging to the girl which police recovered.

And DNA discovered on a duvet in a room, where she was forced to have sex, was shown to have come from five different sources, including Cairns.

Cairns initially denied knowing the girl but later changed his story after he was identified during an ID procedure