Five men have been found guilty of enticing two schoolgirls to drink and do drugs before sexually abusing them in Rochdale.
A woman, identified only as Girl A, was filmed being sexually assaulted as she passed out after drinking vodka as gang members laughed before sharing the video, a court heard from Manchester.
Girl A was only 12 when the abuse began. She and another 13-year-old child, identified as Girl B, were abused for four years between 2002 and 2006.
Victims were often picked up outside their schools still in uniform and sexually assaulted against a school wall, in cars, in public parks, on Saddleworth Moor and in flats and houses, the court heard the Minshull Street Crown.
On Thursday, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Mohammed Ghani, 38, Insar Hussain, 38, Jahn Shahid Ghani, 50, and Ali Razza Hussain Kasmi, 36, all of Rochdale, were found guilty of various sexual offenses against children.
On Thursday, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Mohammed Ghani, 38, Insar Hussain, 38, Jahn Shahid Ghani, 50, and Ali Razza Hussain Kasmi (pictured), 36, all of Rochdale, had been recognized guilty of various sexual offenses against children.
Trial at Minshull Street Crown Court (pictured) heard victims would often be picked up from outside their schools, still in uniform, and sexually assaulted against a school wall, in cars, in public parks, on Saddleworth Moor and Apartments and Houses
A fifth man, Martin Rhodes, 39, of Blackpool, pleaded guilty to four counts of penetrative with a child, the CPS said.
Jurors cleared Ikhlaq Yousef, 38, Aftar Khan, 34, and Mohammed Iqbal, 67, of any wrongdoing.
The allegations only came to light in 2015 after Girl A said she was “beaten and raped” while attending a parenting course and police were contacted.
She told teachers: ‘I was abused daily for six years. I was 12 when they started abusing me, giving me alcohol and drugs, abusing me and passing me on to their friends.
“They did what they wanted, they made videos of me to use as blackmail. They sent the video to Rochdale anyway and I was called slag for it.
Following what she told the police, they spoke to Girl B, a childhood friend.
Neither of the two girls, as complainants of sexual offences, can be identified.
Girl A first met a group of young men who were friends of defendant Ghani when she was 12, when the alleged abuse began, she said.
This allegedly included Ghani sexually abusing him in the presence of an 11-year-old friend of his.
Girl B was 13 when her alleged abuse began, jurors heard.
Girl A would be ‘bombarded’ with phone calls from the men, being ‘on demand’ every day and encouraged to get drunk, even though the eight defendants did not know each other, jurors heard.
Following the verdicts, Frances Killeen, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West’s Complex Cases Unit, said: ‘These men have committed appalling offenses for their own sexual gratification, with no regard for the lasting effects that their offense would have on their victims.
Jurors cleared Ikhlaq Yousef (pictured outside Minshull Street Crown Court), 38, Aftar Khan, 34, and Mohammed Iqbal, 67, of any wrongdoing
“I would like to thank both victims for coming forward and supporting a prosecution. I hope they find some comfort in knowing that their abusers will finally face the consequences of their actions.
“The CPS is committed to ensuring justice for as many victims of sexual abuse as possible. »
Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Jackson, of Greater Manchester Police, said: ‘These convictions are a testament to the real resilience of victims and survivors who, thankfully, felt able to trust Greater Manchester Police and have confidence in the criminal justice system to support prosecutions.
“They have shown such bravery in testifying against these offenders on their journey to justice. »
Thursday’s finding follows an eight-year investigation, dubbed Operation Lytton, that focused on not-recent child sexual exploitation in Rochdale.
Sentencing will take place at a later date.