Another 25 new victims of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham have come forward since the publication of the Jay Report, the chief constable of South Yorkshire Police has said.
David Crompton said extra victims have come forward in addition to the 12 he reported last week. He was also forced to make an apology to MPs after previously giving the committee incorrect figures.
During a preliminary session last week, the chief constable said a specialist team dealing with child sex abuse cases had secured a total of 104 convictions since the start of 2013 – when there had actually been only 68.
He said: “It was a genuine mistake on my part. I did get the figure of 104 correct but I thought it was convictions. It was in fact prosecutions, and I have written to you formally to correct that and also provided a lot more detail as to what those figures comprise.”
It was also revealed during his evidence that the conduct of police officers in the case of a 12-year-old sexual abuse victim, who was arrested for being drunk when she was found in a derelict house with a group of men, is being referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for investigation.
He said the main officer involved retired ‘some years ago’.
The Jay Report said the girl had been found drunk previously, aged 12, in the back of a car with a suspected child abuser who had indecent images of her on his phone, yet she was eventually assessed as being at no risk.
Within weeks, she was discovered in the derelict house with another child and a number of men. While no action was taken against the men, she was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.