Man sentenced to over 37 years for exploiting teenagers
A man who “preyed” on vulnerable teenagers has been sentenced to more than 37 years imprisonment– after being found guilty of rape and drugs offences.
Omar Sharif, of Sunderland, was handed the sentence at Newcastle Crown Court (Wednesday) after being convicted of four charges of rape against three victims and one count of sexual assault as well as a number of drug offences.
A jury was told how Sharif – a student at the time – used the young vulnerable woman as “entertainment” at parties where he was also dealing drugs.
The victims were aged between 17 and 19.
Sharif, 24, admitted a number of drugs charges but denied allegations of sexual abuse between October 2015 and July 2016 and went on trial at Newcastle Crown Court in November.
Sharif was brought to justice under Operation Argon – a victim-focused investigation led by Northumbria Police’s specialist Safeguarding team aims to protect the most vulnerable in society.
Sharif, of Brunton Terrace, was found guilty of four charges of rape against three victims and one count of sexual assault. He was also found guilty of:
Three counts of supplying Class A drugs.
One charge of trying to conceal £2,000.
He pleaded guilty to:
Two counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A and B drugs.
Two counts of possession of Class A drugs.
One count of supplying Class A drugs.
Three counts of perverting the course of justice.
One count of perjury.