Paedophile grooming gang treated victims as young as 13 ‘like trophies’
A grooming gang who sexually abused five vulnerable girls have been jailed for between four and five years after a judge said they had treated their victims like “trophies”.
Taiyab Hussain, Shaheem Ratyal and Sohail Ali, all aged 19, and 18-year-old Mohammed Rizwan, were arrested when a young girl realised she had been groomed after watching an educational video.
The defendants, all from Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child and other sexual offences in February.
Passing sentence at Stafford Crown Court, Judge Jonathan Gosling made all four men the subject of a sexual harm prevention order banning them from using the Snapchat messaging app for eight years.
The judge said of the men: “At the time of the offences they were 17 or 18 and known to each other to different degrees through association, school and social media, although not all of them knew each other.
“It is clear from the evidence retrieved from various devices that there was communication between the defendants and it does establish their common interest in meeting and sexually abusing these girls.
“These were young men treating the young girls like trophies, and to some extent, one was spurring on another.”
The judge said the four victims, one who had only just turned 13, meant nothing to the men and had been subjected to “extreme” offences.
Hussain, of Shobnall Street, was given a five-year sentence after sending highly sexualised text messages before abusing schoolgirl in his car in the presence of another child.
Rizwan, of Derby Road, and Ratyal, of Grange Street, were both given sentences of four years and four months.
Ali, of Weston Park Avenue, admitted offences against a 13-year-old and was given a four-year term in a young offenders’ institution.
Staffordshire Police said the charges were brought after five girls were sexually abused between December 2016 and March 2017.
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.