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Once the Police have completed their investigations, they will refer the case to the Crown Prosecution Service for advice on how to proceed. We will then make a decision on whether a suspect should be charged, and what that charge should be.

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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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Seven men charged with sexual offences involving a 14-year-old girl


Kris Venkatasami, Head of the Special Casework Unit and Special Operations Unit at CPS London, said: "I have authorised the Metropolitan Police Service to charge seven men with a range of offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 which occurred between May and November 2012.

"All seven are charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child.

  • Desmond Agyei is also charged with four counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and trafficking a person within the UK for sexual exploitation.
  • Edward Kofi Edunya and Perry Murray have also been charged with one count each of rape.
  • David Sarpong has also been charged with two counts of rape and one court of attempted rape.
  • Ade Atitebi has also been charged with trafficking a person within the UK for sexual exploitation and one count of voyeurism.
  • Austin Odisi has also been charged with eight counts of rape and Justin Maynard has also been charged with five counts of rape.

"This decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

"The seven defendants will appear before Thames Magistrates' Court this morning (8/3/13).

"They now stand charged with criminal offences and have the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice this trial."

No further action has been taken against an eighth man arrested.