“Rotherham abuse officers investigated”

The police watchdog is to investigate 10 South Yorkshire Police officers over the handling of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

The officers are 10 of 13 referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) by the force.

Two are not being investigated while a third officer remains under review.

A report, published by Professor Alexis Jay in August, found the abuse of 1,400 children in Rotherham over a 16 year period was ignored by agencies.

IPCC Commissioner Kathryn Stone said: “The amount of public concern across the country about this episode and the impact on confidence in the police means it is important that a fully independent investigation is conducted to establish how South Yorkshire Police dealt with child sexual exploitation.

Misconduct allegations

  • An officer is alleged to have argued that a child had been “100% consensual” every time they were abused
  • A named suspect threatened a family and was actively involved in encouraging the victim to engage in prostitution, but there appears to have been no police activity around the offending
  • Evidence was lost in relation to a report in 2003 that a victim had been raped on four occasions
  • Failure to progress an investigation into a report from a 14-year-old girl that she had been raped
  • Failure to adequately investigate an incident in which a young girl was found drunk in the back of a car and a man had indecent photographs of her on his mobile phone
  • Failure to adequately investigate naked images of a young girl and possible evidence of group offending
  • Allegations surrounding the police response to information supplied in 2001 highlighting concerns regarding child sexual exploitation issues in Rotherham
  • A lack of police action in response to two commissioned written reports about sexual exploitation in 2003 and 2006

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