BREAKING NEWS: Five people found guilty of child prostitution offences in Sheffield
Four men and a woman involved in a Sheffield child prostitution ring that saw young girls pimped out to as many as 50 men have been found guilty of a string of offences.
Following a six week trial at Sheffield Crown Court, it took jurors just under three days to find brothers Christopher Whiteley, 23, Matthew Whiteley, 24 and Shane Whiteley, 30, all of Weakland Crescent, Hackenthorpe guilty of prostituting out a teenage girl in 2009.
Matthew Whiteley was also cleared of two counts of conspiracy to cause or incite child prostitution and one count of sex with a child under the age of 16.
Shane Whiteley was cleared of two counts conspiracy to cause or incite child prostitution
Christopher Whiteley, who was described by prosecutor Peter Hampton as one of the key players in the child prostitution ring, was also found guilty of four counts of rape against two girls aged between 12 and 14-years-old, of sexually assaulting and stealing from a girl aged between 12 and 13-years-old.
He was cleared of two counts of conspiracy to cause or incite child prostitution, and four counts of rape.
Amanda Spencer, formerly of Canklow Road, Rotherham, is the other defendant Mr Hampton asserted played a key role in the abuse.
The 26-year-old was found guilty of four counts of arranging child prostitution, relating to a 15-year-old girl.
During the trial, the court was told how the girl was pimped out to around 50 men by Spencer.
One such man was 38-year-old Taleb Bapir who raped the girl when she refused to have sex with him as instructed by Amanda at his home in Verdon Street, Neepsend.
Jurors found him guilty of one count of rape.
Spencer was cleared of 14 counts of arranging and causing child prostitution and rape.
She was jailed for 12 years in 2014 when she was found guilty of 16 counts of arranging and causing child prostitution in Sheffield.
Following the return of the guilty verdicts in this trial, Spencer rose to her feet and began shouting profanities, declaring that she and Christopher Whiteley were innocent.
She shouted: 'I'm not f****** going back to the cells,' before being taken out of the court and back into custody.
The five guilty defendants are due to be sentenced by Judge Peter Kelson QC on Friday, April 28.
Spencer and Whiteley are both currently serving time in prison for previous offences, while Matthew Whiteley and Shane Whiteley along with Taleb Bapir have been remanded into custody until next month's sentencing.
Jurors could not reach a verdict on six counts in this trial. Prosecutors have decided to proceed on a re-trial in four counts.
They include: one count of attempting to cause or incite child prostitution relating to Shane Whiteley; one count of sex with a girl under the age of 16 relating to Matthew Whiteley and an allegation of rape relating to Christopher Whiteley.
Dates for the re-trials have not yet been set.
Prosecutors have opted not to proceed with re-trials against all three Whiteley brothers on one count of inciting child prostitution and one count of rape against Christopher Whiteley.