10 jailed in child sex case

Ten men have been jailed after a major child sexual exploitation investigation by North Yorkshire Police. 31 suspects were originally identified and none of them knew each other.

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Ten jailed after child sexual exploitation

Ten men have been jailed after a major child sexual exploitation investigation by North Yorkshire Police.

31 suspects were originally identified, none of them knew each other.

Ten men have been sentenced to a total of 34 years and 4 months, and one man is awaiting sentence. Others have been cautioned.

The men groomed a 13-year-old girl online for sexual gratification. It came to light when the victim's mother contacted police and handed over her daughter’s mobile phone.

The offences ranged from possessing indecent images to sexual activity with a child.

The offenders lived around the UK and were aged between 20 and 45 along with a 14-year-old boy. Other victims were identified and some defendants were charged in relation to offences committed against them.

“This investigation uncovered large-scale exploitation of a child for the sexual gratification of several men, some of whom were married and had successful careers.

“Although some of the suspects ceased all contact with the girl when they discovered her age, many didn’t and they have been punished appropriately for their crimes."

– Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Mason who is the head of crime at North Yorkshire Police
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