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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

Find out more about how we prosecute sexual offences

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

Find out more about the role of the Crown Prosecution Service

Six men jailed for more than 80 years for child sex offences in Rotherham


Six men have today been sentenced to more than 80 years in prison at Sheffield Crown Court for non-recent child sexual offences involving two victims in Rotherham.

Five of the six men were convicted on 25 January at Sheffield Crown Court and the sixth pleaded guilty to one offence at a hearing last year.

Basharat Dad was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment after he was found guilty of multiple child sexual offences. His brothers Nasar Dad, and Tayab Dad, 34, were jailed for 14.5 years and 10 years respectively for their crimes.

Mohammed Sadiq was jailed for 13 years and Matloob Hussain was also jailed for 13 years.

Amjad Ali pleaded guilty to sexual intercourse with a girl under 13 at a court hearing last year. Today he was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Reviewing lawyer Mark Langan, from the CPS, said: "These men were found guilty of a catalogue of vile sex offences against two young girls. The girls were targeted by these men because they were naive and vulnerable. They were given alcohol and cannabis and intimidated into performing sexual acts. On one occasion one of the young girls was locked alone in a flat for hours without food, water or electricity.

"These young girls were subjected to the most appalling abuse at the hands of these men. They have both shown extraordinary courage in coming forward and enabling us to work with South Yorkshire Police to build a strong prosecution case which resulted in the jury returning guilty verdicts on 21 of 23 charges.

"These six defendants have now been sentenced to more than 80 years in prison for their crimes. I hope this is of some comfort to their victims and our thoughts remain with them both."


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