February 2018

Four Staffordshire men plead guilty to child sex offences

FOUR men from Burton-upon-Trent, who exploited vulnerable girls for sexual gratification, have pleaded guilty at Stafford Crown Court.

Taiyab Hussain, Mohammed Hizar Rizwan, Shaheem Ratyal and Sohail Raja Ali pleaded guilty to child sex offences on 9 February.

In May last year, one of the men’s victims bravely confided in a family member and Staffordshire Police began an investigation. Soon after a second victim also came forward and reported offences to police.

Officers were told by four girls, who were just 13 and 14-years-old at the time of the offences, that they had been sexually abused between December 2016 and March 2017.

The abuse first came to light after one of the girls watched a film that warned how girls can be groomed without realising it and felt brave enough to tell her father. The men were subsequently arrested.

Hussain, 19, of Shobnall Street, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and two counts of possession of an indecent photograph of a child.

Rizwan, 18, of Derby Road, pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with a child, one count of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Ratyal, 19, of Grange Street, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and five counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Ali, 19, of Weston Park Avenue, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

All four men will be sentenced on 16 April at Stafford Crown Court.

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