Having pleaded guilty to 8 counts of sexual activity with a child, a man has been jailed after he sexually exploited three children in Rochdale.
19-year-old Jake Moore of Birch View, Rochdale was jailed on Thursday 23 June, for 4 years and 6 months at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court. Moore is ordered to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely. He also received a 7-year sexual harm prevention order.
In February 2015, detectives from the Sunrise Team in Rochdale launched an investigation into the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl.
They discovered that in summer 2014, when Moore was 17-years-old, he had met his victim over Blackberry Messenger (BBM) and, despite knowing her age, pursued the girl and groomed her into having sex with him.
Early concerns were raised to the police and Moore was advised by several agencies about the contact with the girl. Police later learned that he had continued to groom her and this led to his arrest. As a result of the police and multi-agency work, it was shown that Moore had sexually abused the girl for over a year.
Police identified two more victims which led to further convictions of sexual offences against a 13-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl, having investigated into his mobile phone.
Detective Constable Ben Harris of the Sunrise Team in Rochdale said: “I know any case involving offences of this nature is concerning but I hope the sentence passed today will send a clear message that GMP will not tolerate any form of child sexual exploitation and we, along with our partners, will continue to support victims and investigate all reports that are made”.
“It has been an extremely difficult time for the victims and their families and we would like to thank them for their support and hope that they gain some closure from this sentence”.
Please visit www.itsnotokay.co.uk for information for children, young people, parents, carers and professionals on how to spot the signs of child sex exploitation and what to do about it.