Recent victims of child sexual exploitation by Muslim gangs in Telford have accused authorities of failing to properly investigate their cases, with one father being told by the Crown Prosecution Service that his underage daughter had ‘consented’ to sex with her abuser.
In one letter sent in 2016, a father was told the CPS would not be pursuing a case against his daughter’s abusers who raped her when she was 13 to 15 years old, according to documents seen by Sky News.
The letter read: “The defence that was put forward in this case was that she willingly met the suspect and had consensual sexual intercourse with him.
“Also at the time this took place the suspect held a reasonable belief that she was over the age of 16.”
“In her statements to the police she was clear that although she may not have wanted sexual intercourse with the suspect, she agreed to do so,” the letter continued.
The broadcaster contacted the CPS which responded that the case “did not meet the evidential test as set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors and hence we decided not to prosecute the suspect”.
In another instance, Sky News was informed that a case of child abuse was reported four times across several years in Telford before being investigated.