Six face Sheffield Crown Court date over dozens of child abuse offences

Court news
Court news

Five men and one woman charged with dozens of child sexual exploitation offences involving girls from Sheffield have appeared in court.

A hearing for the defendants took place at Sheffield Magistrates Court on Monday morning, with their cases listed for preliminary hearings at Sheffield Crown Court next month.

They will appear at Crown Court on April 19 over alleged historic offences relating to eight victims that are said to have happened between 2005 and 2012.

Christopher Whiteley, aged 22, formerly of Sheffield, has been charged with 12 counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault and two counts of conspiracy to rape. He is also charged with conspiracy to cause or incite child prostitution and one count of theft.

Amanda Spencer, 24, formerly of Rotherham, has been charged with eight counts of aiding and abetting rape, eight counts of arranging or facilitating child prostitution, and four counts of causing or inciting child prostitution.

Matthew Whiteley, 23, of Hackenthorpe, is charged with two counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of conspiracy to rape, one count of conspiracy to arrange or facilitate child prostitution and one count of conspiracy tocause or incite child prostitution.

Shane Whiteley, 29, of Hackenthorpe, is charged with two counts of conspiracy to rape, one count of conspiracy to arrange or facilitate child prostitution, one count of conspiracy to cause or incite child prostitution and one count of attempting to cause or incite child prostitution.

Andre Francis-Edge, 24, of Parson Cross, is charged with conspiracy to rape and conspiracy to arrange or facilitate child prostitution. Taleb Bapir, 38, of Burngreave, has been charged with rape.