A man has been jailed for grooming and having sex with an underage schoolgirl.
The girl met Sadiq, who she came to know as ‘Kash’, through a mutual friend during the school holidays in 2012.
Over the following weeks, the victim and two friends would spend time at Sadiq’s flat in Mitchell Hey, Falinge, Rochdale
, where they would drink vodka he bought them.
The girls described how Sadiq would keep the door of the flat locked, even when he went out and left the girls inside.
On several occasions, the girls would sleep over at the flat, pretending to their parents that they were sleeping over at another child’s house.
It was during these nights that Sadiq engaged in sexual activity with the victim several times.
Sadiq, now of Alumwell Road West, Walsall, West Midlands, was also made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention order and told to sign the sex offenders register.
Det Con Ben Harris, of The Sunrise Team, Rochdale’s multi-agency child sexual exploitation team, said: “Sadiq exhibited all the classic characteristics of someone who grooms young people for sex.
“He flattered the victim, bought her alcohol and allowed her to live a lifestyle that her parents would never have allowed, in order to trick her into letting her guard down.
“He was fully aware of how old she was. He knew the girls were on school holidays and that she was under age, but he could not have cared less.
“I would like to commend the bravery of this girl – for her to come forward, disclose and relive the assaults that he committed against her must have been extremely hard.
“I hope now that this sentence goes some way to helping her to resolve what has been an exceptionally difficult time, and that now she and her parents can start rebuilding their lives.”
To report concerns about a child or young person call 101, or 999 in emergencies.
For more information about the Sunrise Team see thesunriseteam.co.uk.
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