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Two men convicted in Chelmsford grooming case

16/12/2016

Two takeaway pizza workers have been convicted at Chelmsford Crown Court of grooming a young teenage girl, supplying her with drugs, and prostituting her to other men.

Michelle Brown, District Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of Englands Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit said: "This is a vulnerable girl who was targeted and preyed on by Mohammad Rostami and Mehdi Zare for sex.

"They gave her drugs to make her reliant on them to feed her habit and she was handed over to a number of other men for sex; she was intimidated and abused in a vile way.

"This teenage girl was exploited twice over: by the defendants who used her for sex and who also passed her around to other men to rape and abuse.

"It has taken a lot of bravery for the victim to give evidence against these men who abused her and we have supported her through the trial process."

Mohammad Rostami was convicted of two counts of sexual activity with a child, one count of causing or inciting sexual exploitation of a child and three counts of supplying a controlled drug. The jury could not reach a verdict on a charge of rape and it was left on file.

Mehdi Zare was convicted of one count of sexual activity with a child, one count of arranging or facilitating sexual exploitation of a child, and three counts of supplying a controlled drug. He was found not guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child.

Amin Kaveh was acquitted of three counts of rape in relation to a second teenage girl, one count of causing or inciting her prostitution, and one count of assaulting her by penetration. He was convicted of one count of supplying a controlled drug.

Taxi drivers Mehdi Khashi and Mohammed Zarei were both acquitted of a single count of rape.

Ms Brown, who is the CPS East of England co-ordinator for Violence Against Women and Girls, said that young, vulnerable victims could be reassured that their complaints would be treated seriously.

She said: "There may be a fear that if you are involved in prostitution and drugs at an early age that you would not be believed, or that your way of life would be held against you. This is not the case.

"Tackling abuse of this kind is a priority for the CPS and we will work to build strong cases in order to bring those who abuse and exploit children before the courts. We will continue to work closely alongside the police and other agencies to provide extensive support for victims. 

"I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse to come forward and report it."

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