Six members of a child sex ring in Aylesbury have been found guilty of participating in the abuse of two schoolgirls which went on for years on a massive scale.
Eleven men went on trial for 51 offences between 2006 and 2012 including multiple rape of a child under 13 and administering a substance to “stupefy” a girl in order to engage in sexual activity.
The jury took more than 42 hours to find six of them guilty of a range of offences against the girls, who spent days giving evidence and being cross-examined at the Old Bailey.
Four defendants were cleared, while the jury could not decide on one of them. Sentencing was adjourned to 7 September.
The men groomed the victims by buying them gifts such as alcohol, DVDs, food and, occasionally, drugs.
While aged just 12 or 13, one of the girls, known in the trial as A, was passed between 60 mainly Asian men for sex after being conditioned into thinking it was normal behaviour, jurors were told.
The vast majority of the charges related to this child, while three charges related to girl B.
Prosecutor Oliver Saxby QC told the jury the youngsters were “easy prey for a group of men wanting casual sexual gratification that was easy, regular and readily available”.
He said the girls’ ideas of what was right had been completely distorted, and that they thought what was happening was normal and natural.
Saxby told jurors: “Notwithstanding that they were children, they spoke in terms of these men being their boyfriends. And they were passed from man to man – sometimes on a daily basis.
“Six men guilty over abuse of two schoolgirls in Aylesbury child sex ring”