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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

Men convicted of child sexual exploitation


Five men have been convicted of sexual offences against a young girl in Rochdale following two trials at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

The offences all took place between 2008 and 2009, when the victim was 15 years old.

Following the first trial which concluded in October, Mohammed Abubaker was found guilty of sexual activity with a child, Roheez Khan was found guilty of sexual activity with a child and witness intimidation and Freddie Kendakumana was found guilty of rape and sexual activity with a child.

A further defendant, Chola Chansa, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child ahead of the first trial.

Abdul Huk was also found guilty of sexual activity with a child following the second trial.

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: "These men have committed serious sexual offences against a vulnerable young girl, demonstrating exploitation at its worst. They were well aware that their victim was underage, yet they groomed her for their own gratification. They manipulated her into thinking that the abuse they inflicted on her was part of a genuine relationship.

"The victim in this case has shown tremendous courage in breaking away from that abuse and giving evidence at court. It is testament to her bravery that we have been able to secure these convictions and bring these defendants to justice.

"Tackling this abuse is a national priority for us and this is demonstrated by the recent CPS guidelines for prosecutors dealing with these types of cases. We are more equipped than ever to build strong cases and we will continue to work closely alongside the police and other agencies to provide extensive support for victims and bring those who abuse and exploit children before the courts.

"I would urge any victims of sexual offences to come forward and report the abuse to the authorities."


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