Child sexual exploitation - Oxford - two men charged

05/07/2012

Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) together with Thames Valley Police can confirm that two men have been charged in connection with Operation Bullfinch, an investigation into child exploitation in Oxford.

The men have been remanded in custody and will attend Magistrates' court tomorrow morning, Friday, 06 July 2012.

The men, who are aged 24 and 31, are from the Oxford area, and were arrested on 22 March 2012 as part of Operation Bullfinch, which is an investigation into child exploitation of girls aged between 11 and 16 in Oxford.

The 24-year-old has been charged with one count of conspiracy to rape a girl under 14-years-old, two counts of rape, and one count of sexual activity with a child.

The 31-year-old has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to rape a girl under the age of 16 years, and two counts of rape.

Notes to editors:

The joint investigation, being carried out by Thames Valley Police and Oxfordshire County Council's Children, Education and Families Department, is aimed at rescuing potential victims and securing convictions of suspects believed to be responsible for these crimes.

At this time we will not be confirming the names of those charged and media are advised to attend court for further details.  The media can obtain the name of the court from the Thames and Chiltern CPS Area Communications Manager, or the Thames Valley Police press bureau.