A Rochdale man has been sentenced to over eight years in jail and ordered to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely, after being found guilty of 9 counts of offence.
Mohammad Sodais, 19, was found guilty at Minshull Street Crown Court for two counts of sexual activity with a child, five counts of attempting to meet a child under the age of 16 and two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
In April 2015, Sodais arranged to meet with a 14-year-old girl that he knew through a friend. The pair met in Rochdale before going to a field where he sexually assaulted her.
Three months later, Sodais arranged to meet up with another 14-year-old girl at Rochdale bus station before going for a walk in the nearby area. He later sexually assaulted her there.
He was arrested for sexual assault and during the investigation his mobile phone was seized. Sodais’ phone revealed that he had been grooming three girls, all aged between 13 and 14 online.
Detective Constable Ben Harris of the Rochdale Sunrise team said: “Mohammed Sodais is a serial groomer who contacted numerous girls in attempts to persuade them to meet up with him to satisfy his own sickening urges.
“As well as the online abuse he subjected the girls to, he took advantage and physically abused two of them who had trusted him enough to meet up.
“I would like to pay tribute to all of the children and their families for the assistance they have given us with this investigation and the courage that they have shown in coming forward and attending court for what was a long and difficult trial. I hope the knowledge that they have helped bring Sodais to justice will bring them some comfort.
“I would urge parents and guardians to be aware of your children’s social media activity and who they are in contact with online or via their mobile phone”.