Support group founder charged with new offence in Rotherham grooming investigation

Karen MacGregor, one of the defendants in Operation Clover
Karen MacGregor, one of the defendants in Operation Clover
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The founder of a family support group service has been charged with a further offence as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged Rotherham child sexual exploitation offences.

Karen MacGregor, 58, has been charged with conspiracy to rape as part of the Operation Clover investigation.

The offence is alleged to have taken place between 1987 and 1989.

MacGregor, of Barnsley Road, Wath, had already been charged earlier this month with one count of conspiracy to rape, conspiring to procure a child to become a common prostitute and unlawful imprisonment.

She is next due to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday, September 7.

MacGregor is the founder of the Rotherham-based Kinkids family support group, which campaigns for the same rights to be given to relatives who care for children which are not their own, as foster parents and those who adopt.

She is one of eight defendants charged with dozens of offences through Operation Clover, which is a joint investigation by South Yorkshire Police in partnership with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and the Crown Prosecution Service.

A trial of all of the defendants lasting up to seven weeks is scheduled to start in December at Sheffield Crown Court.