Four men and one woman have today (April 28) been given prison sentences of between three and 15 years, for offences involving child sexual exploitation.
Brothers, Christopher, 23, Matthew, 25, and Shane Whiteley, 30 were found guilty at an earlier hearing, of multiple sexual offences including rape, sexual assault against a child under 13 and conspiracy to arrange child prostitution and theft.
Appearing alongside them at Sheffield Crown Court were Amanda Spencer, 26, and Taleb Bapir, 39, who were respectively found guilty of four counts of arranging child prostitution and rape.
The brothers and their associates targeted vulnerable young girls in the Sheffield area between 2005 and 2012.
The girls were given drink, drugs and gifts, before being forced to have sex with members of the group and strangers. They were also threatened and subjected to violence
Peter Mann, from the CPS, said:
“These defendants cynically targeted and sexually exploited young and vulnerable girls. The suffering the victims must have endured is hard to comprehend.
“This case was a complex one. With the victims’ assistance the CPS was able to build a strong prosecution case against these defendants, resulting in today’s sentences.”
Notes to editors
- Peter Mann is Head of the Complex Casework Unit at CPS Yorkshire and Humberside.
Christopher Whiteley: 15 years in prison.
Taleb Bapir: 10 years in prison.
Shane Whiteley: 8 years in prison.
Matthew Whiteley: 7 years in prison.
Amanda Spencer: 3 years in prison