Ten police officers are to be investigated over their handling of child sexual exploitation cases in Rotherham – with more to follow.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission announced details of the investigation yesterday, but would not reveal the ranks of the South Yorkshire Police officers involved.
An IPCC spokesman said it was not known how long the investigations will take – and said investigations could be expanded to include other officers as more evidence comes to light.
He said: “At this stage we don’t know where it is going to take us. This is the starting point.”
Thirteen officers were referred to the IPCC by South Yorkshire Police in the wake of August’s Jay Report, which found at least 1,400 children had been abused in the borough over a 16-year period.
The IPCC said two will not face investigation, while a third’s case remains under review.
One officer being investigated is alleged to have argued a child abused by five Asian men should not be classed as a victim of sexual abuse, because she had been ‘100 per cent consensual’.
One allegation against a single officer said evidence relating to a victim being raped on four occasions in 2003 had been lost, while another claims three officers were involved in a failure to investigate after a 14-year-old girl’s rape.
Two officers face claims they failed to adequately investigate an incident in which a 12-year-old girl was found drunk in a car with a man who had indecent photographs of her on his mobile phone.
Two others are alleged to have failed to adequately investigate naked images of a young girl and possible evidence of group offending.
And one officer is alleged not to have acted on evidence about suspected offenders in response to three reports which revealed details about grooming in the town.
A further allegation says a man who threatened a family and encouraged a victim into prostitution was not investigated properly, with police involved not yet identified.