Bradford Grooming Gang Jailed For 132 Years

The men sexually abused two young girls in Bradford and Kirklees between 2008 and 2009.

Nine men have been jailed for a total of over 132 years after they were found guilty of sexually abusing two young girls.  

The sentences were passed at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday following a trial which began in early January and ended on Tuesday.

The charges related to sexual abuse in Bradford and Kirklees between 2008 and 2009 and followed an investigation launched in 2014, after both victims made reports to the police.

The abuse began when both girls were aged only 14 and had recently been placed in a children’s home run by Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

The jury at Bradford Crown Court heard the abuse of these vulnerable victims continued after they left the care system and began living independently.

The abuse came to light when one of the victims was interviewed by police in connection with another investigation into child sexual exploitation.

Paula Craven from the Crown Prosecution Service said: “These two girls were deliberately targeted because of their vulnerability. Sadly, the exploitation followed a pattern which is all-too familiar in cases of this kind.

“These victims suffered an appalling catalogue of degrading emotional and sexual abuse which has deprived them of their childhood.  

“Sexual exploitation impacts on victims in many different ways. It feeds on vulnerability and eats into trust and feelings of self-worth.  It changes lives forever.

“Their abusers have now been brought to justice and I hope the verdicts delivered today can go some way to helping them go forward with their lives.  Our thoughts remain with them.”

Speaking after sentencing, Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Jonathan Morgan, added: “We are pleased with the sentences given by the court today and hope they will serve as a warning to others that this kind of abuse will not be tolerated in West Yorkshire.

“This is a very satisfactory conclusion to what has been a challenging and lengthy investigation and we hope the victims will find some comfort in knowing that their abusers will now be serving significant sentences for their crimes.

“I would like to highlight the courage and tenacity of the victims to go through the court process and whom have maintained trust in the police and the criminal justice system throughout.

“I hope that today’s result provides the impetus for other victims to come forward and report matters to the police or safeguarding partners.”

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