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Sexual Offences

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 updated the law, much of which dated back to 1956.

The main provisions of the Act include the following:

  • Rape is widened to include oral penetration
  • Significant changes to the issue of consent
  • Specific offences relating to children under 13, 16 and 18
  • Offences to protect vulnerable persons with a mental disorder
  • Other miscellaneous offences
  • Strengthening the notification requirements and providing new civil preventative orders

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The Role of The Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service is the government department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales.

As the principal prosecuting authority in England and Wales, we are responsible for:

  • advising the police on cases for possible prosecution
  • reviewing cases submitted by the police
  • determining any charges in more serious or complex cases
  • preparing cases for court
  • presenting cases at court

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Four men and a woman found guilty of child sexual exploitation


Four men and one woman have been found guilty of child sexual exploitation offences in Sheffield

Brothers Christopher, Matthew and Shane Whiteley, and Amanda Spencer and Taleb Bapir were convicted of a total of 15 counts relating to five victims after a seven-week-long trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

The brothers and their associates targeted vulnerable young girls in the Sheffield area between 2005 and 2012.

The girls were given drink, drugs and gifts, before being forced to have sex with members of the group and strangers. They were also threatened and subjected to violence

Peter Mann, from the CPS, said: "These defendants cynically targeted and sexually exploited young and vulnerable girls. It is hard to comprehend the magnitude of suffering they must have endured.

"The guilty verdicts returned today are a testament to the courage of the victims in coming forward and giving evidence against their abusers.

"This case was very complex and involved months of painstaking analysis. With the victims' help the CPS was able to build a strong prosecution case against these defendants, resulting in today's verdicts."



Notes to Editors

  1. Peter Mann is Head of the Complex Casework Unit at CPS Yorkshire and Humberside.
  2. The defendants were found guilty at an earlier hearing, but reporting restrictions have been in place until today.
  3. The group will be sentenced on 28th April at Sheffield Crown Court.
  4. Verdicts:
    • Christopher Whiteley: Guilty of four charges of rape, one charge of conspiracy to cause or incite child prostitution, two charges of sexual assault of a child under 13, and one charge of theft. Not guilty of ten other charges.
    • Shane Whiteley: Guilty of one charge of conspiracy to cause or incite child prostitution. Not guilty of two other charges.
    • Matthew Whiteley: Guilty of one charge of conspiracy to cause or incite child prostitution. Not guilty of three other charges.
    • Amanda Spencer: Guilty of four charges of arranging or facilitating child prostitution. Not guilty of 15 other charges.
    • Taleb Bapir: Guilty of one charge of rape.
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