Ilkeston man faces child sex offence charge

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An Ilkeston man is one of ten people who has been charged with child sex offences in Rochdale.

David Law, 45, from Cotmanhay Road, has been charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit rape.

The group have been charged as part of an ongoing investigation by Greater Manchester Police to tackle child sexual exploitation.

The charges relate to alleged offences committed against seven victims aged between 13 and 23 at the time of the abuse. Law’s charges relate to one victim.

Assistant Chief Constable, Ian Wiggett, said: “This investigation is one of a number of cases which comes under the umbrella of Operation Doublet, which is the continued investigation into Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) that arose following the 2011 investigation into CSE in Rochdale.

“The operation is an investigation into CSE in Rochdale and across other areas of Greater Manchester. The majority of the offences were committed between 2003 and 2013 and focus on reports that teenage girls were sexually exploited by older men.

“So far 65 people have been arrested as part of Operation Doublet and the investigation continues.

“This is an extremely complex and challenging investigation which started in May 2012. The investigation will continue over the coming months and further arrests are anticipated.

“The welfare of the victims is paramount and we have a team of experienced officers supporting them through the process.

In Rochdale, the multi-agency Sunrise team has made huge strides in the investigation of CSE. In addition, Project Phoenix is a multi-agency response to CSE across the whole of Greater Manchester. Bringing together police, local authorities, NHS and third sector organisations, including Barnardos and Crimestoppers, who have come together, using their collective expertise to safeguard vulnerable young people at risk of exploitation and relentlessly target those who would try to exploit them.”

The men have been bailed and will appear at court this week.