Saturday, 7 July 2012

Burnley man jailed for sexual activity with child

Ajad Miah - Sexual Predator

A BURNLEY man who preyed on and groomed a vulnerable young girl has been jailed for four years.

Ajad Miah, 26, of Brougham Street, Burnley, appeared at Burnley Crown Court todaywhere he was also given a ten year Sexual Offences Prevention Order and was banned from working with children for life.  He was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child on Friday 8 June after a three day trial at Burnley Crown Court.

Miah picked the girl up in his Vauxhall Vectra as she walked along the street in Dunnockshaw, Burnley last September 2011. He gave her cans of lager and cannabis before engaging in sexual activity with her on two occasions.

He was arrested after an investigation by officers from Operation Freedom – a dedicated team set up to tackle sexual exploitation in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale.

DC Nikki Corbett from Operation Freedom said: “Miah deliberately targeted and preyed on a vulnerable young girl.

“We have worked with the victim and made sure she has been supported throughout what has been a difficult time. She has shown a great deal of bravery and courage throughout the case.

"This type of predatory crime will not be tolerated and through the work of Operation Freedom, we will continue to target, warn and prosecute those responsible. This type of behaviour is not just unacceptable, it is criminal, and we will pursue those people involved and bring them to justice.”

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