A nineteen-year-old man from Dukinfield has today been jailed for raping a twelve-year-old girl at a house party in Gorton.
Connor Freeman, of Victoria Road, pleaded guilty to the offence at an earlier hearing and has been sentenced to forty months in prison. He has also been placed on a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely.
The crime happened on Saturday March 7th, 2015, at house party in Abbey Hey, Gorton, when Freeman was aged seventeen and the girl aged twelve. They had been in a bedroom together and it was there that he raped her.
After initially confiding in a friend, the girl then told her mother who reported it to the police. Freeman was arrested after an investigation.
Detective Constable Rochelle Evans of the Phoenix Team in Tameside said: “Child sexual exploitation takes place in many forms. In this case the victim was raped by Freeman, who paid no heed to the fact that she was only 12-years-old at the time.
“I want to commend the girl for her bravery in reporting what happened to her and helping to stop Freeman from preying on any more girls.”
Project Phoenix is a multi-agency response to CSE across the whole of Greater Manchester. The project brings together police, local authorities, NHS and third sector organisations, using their collective expertise to safeguard vulnerable young people at risk of exploitation and target those who would try to exploit them.
Visit www.itsnotokay.co.uk for information for children, young people, parents, carers and professionals on how to spot the signs of child sex exploitation and what to do about it.