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Eight men found guilty of sexually abusing teenage girls in Rotherham

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Eight men have been convicted of sexually exploiting teenage girls in Rotherham.

The court heard how the men "sexualised" their victims and subjected them, in some instances, to acts of a "degrading and violent nature" between 1999 and 2003.

One girl and her family told police, their MP and the then home secretary David Blunkett about the abuse and eventually moved to Spain to get away from the men.

The jury retired to consider verdicts on October 11 and on Monday convicted all eight gang members on all counts after deliberating for almost 18 hours.

They were remanded in custody for sentencing on November 4.

  • Ringleader Sageer Hussain, 30, of Clough Road, Rotherham, was convicted of four rapes and one indecent assault.
  • Mohammed Whied, 32, of Psalters Lane, Rotherham, was found guilty of one count of aiding and abetting rape.
  • Ishtiaq Khaliq, 33, of Cherry Brook, Rotherham, was found guilty of one rape and three indecent assaults.
  • Waleed Ali, 34, of Canklow Road, Rotherham, was found guilty of one rape and one indecent assault.
  • Asif Ali, 30, of Clough Road, Rotherham, was convicted on one rape.
  • Masoued Malik, 32, of Bridgewater Way, Rotherham, was found guilty of one rape, one count of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and one of false imprisonment.
  • Basharat Hussain, 40, from Goole, was convicted of one indecent Naeem Rafiq, 33, of Clarendon Road, Rotherham, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and one of false imprisonment.

Professor Alexis Jay's 2014 inquiry, commissioned by Rotherham Borough Council, found at least 1,400 children were subjected to sexual exploitation in the town between 1997 and 2013.