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Sunrise Team work results in lengthy conviction

28 March 2018

​​​Sunrise Team.

Osman Ali, date of birth 26 July 1992, of Corbett Street in Rochdale has today, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 been sentenced to 19 years and 6 months in prison after pleading guilty to 7 counts of raping a child under 13. He was also given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

In September 2016, Ali befriended the girl over Facebook and began regularly messaging her before arranging to meet for the first time in October 2016.

Their relationship continued and they met up at weekends before Ali managed to manipulate the girl into believing they were a couple and started to rape her.

Over the course of the next 7 months they would meet up regularly at a house in Rochdale where he would rape her. Ali knew her age and even had pictures of her in her school uniform on his phone.

His depraved offending was exposed when the girl was found by a concerned resident walking through the streets of Rochdale on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 in a distressed state after her "boyfriend" had broken up with her.

His victim continued to receive support from specially trained police officers and social workers from the Sunrise team throughout the investigation and court process.

Rochdale's Sunrise Team is a multi-agency team based at the police station with detectives, social workers and other partners working on the front line across the Rochdale borough, to tackle child sexual exploitation. The team works directly young people at risk in the community with  specially trained staff helping children to break free of exploitation, and ensure offenders are brought to justice.

Detective Constable Ben Harris, of the Sunrise Team, said: "Osman Ali is a depraved individual who preyed on a vulnerable young girl. I do not wish to waste another word on Osman Ali, what I would like to do is pay tribute to the victim in this case. She has shown incredible bravery in not only telling her story to police but also in moving forward with the investigation and supporting the prosecution of such a dangerous man. Her help in getting him off the streets has been invaluable and for that I would like to thank her."

'The strong sentence handed down is very pleasing and reflects the hard work of the team and the astounding bravery of the victim'

Gail Hopper, director of services at Rochdale Borough Council, said: "This case gives a clear message to young people and their parents  about the risks to young people about the serious harm caused by what starts as on-line grooming and how this can quickly move to direct contact, resulting in very serious harm to children. This was a man who had previous convictions and any young person thinking about making contact with someone who connected with them on line should bear this in mind. The  strong sentence handed down is very pleasing and reflects the hard work of the team and the astounding bravery of the victim and her family. Our Sunrise Team works tirelessly in tackling CSE and educating people on spotting the signs to both prevent incidents of this type happening and to also bring perpetrators to justice."