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Nine men to be sentenced for sexually abusing teen boy

Nine men to be sentenced for sexually abusing teen boy

Nine men will be sentenced today for committing sexual offences against a teenage boy who was subjected to a horrifying catalogue of abuse.

A three-month trial earlier this year heard that the victim was in council care when he was raped and "sold like goods" in Birmingham during 2009 and 2010.

Jurors at Warwick Crown Court deliberated for more than 30 hours before convicting eight defendants from the West Midlands, London and Stoke-on-Trent of offences linked to the abuse.

A ninth man was cleared by the jury of raping the teenager but had previously admitted facilitating child prostitution in relation to the victim, who cannot be identified.

The trial heard that the victim was left "traumatised" by the offences against him, which began in his early teens.

Prosecutor Rosina Cottage QC said the complainant, now in his early 20s, was first spoken to by police in 2009.

Ms Cottage said: "Regrettably his contemporaneous complaints were not fully investigated by West Midlands Police in 2009 and 2010."

During a subsequent inquiry in 2012, the teenager pointed police towards those involved in his exploitation.

The nine defendants convicted at Warwick Crown Court of offences connected to the sexual abuse of a teenager who was in council care are:

Robert Bailey, 27, of Watt Road, Erdington, Birmingham. He was found guilty of arranging or facilitating child prostitution, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, sexual activity with a child, and making indecent photographs. He was cleared of rape.

Michael Godbold, 57, of Uxbridge Rd, Shepherd's Bush, London, was acquitted of two counts of rape but convicted of sexual activity with a child, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, arranging or facilitating child prostitution, and possession of controlled drugs.

Tahir Hussain, 34, of St Josephs Road, Ward End, Birmingham, was cleared of 15 charges, including trafficking for sexual exploitation, but found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child.

Peter Joynes, 58, of Canberra Way, Highgate, Birmingham, was convicted of arranging or facilitating child prostitution and sexual activity with a child.

Stephen Kelly, of Elm Road, Bournville, Birmingham, was found guilty of two counts of arranging or facilitating child prostitution and one of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child. The 39-year-old was cleared on three other charges.

Ian Prestleton, 54, of High Haden Road, Cradley Heath, West Midlands, was found guilty of sexual activity with a child but cleared of rape.

Alan Priest, 63, of Mucklow Hill, Halesowen, West Midlands, was convicted of two rapes and one count of sexual activity with a child.

Ashley Sherrington, 25, of Dawlish Drive, Stoke-on-Trent, was convicted of two counts of rape. The trial judge remanded Sherrington in custody and warned him: ''You have been convicted of very serious offences, the result of which will be a lengthy term of imprisonment.''

Kevin Tudor, 55, of no fixed address, was cleared by the jury on four charges, including three rapes, but had previously pleaded guilty two counts of sexual activity with a child and facilitating prostitution.

A tenth defendant is also due to be sentenced for sexual assaults committed against another boy in 2001 and 2002.

Former Special Constable Ronald Potter, aged 78 and from Tipper's Hill Lane, Fillongley, near Coventry - was convicted of two indecent assaults but cleared of rape and sexual activity with a child.