Dessert bar sex abuser jailed

Rassam Ali
Rassam Ali
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A Sheffield dessert shop owner has been jailed for three years for sexual activity with a child.

Rassam Ali, aged 24, of Staniforth Road, Darnall, was found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court last month of pressuring a 14-year-old girl into sexual activity.

Ali ran Rassam’s Dessert Bar, also on Staniforth Road, when his victim and her friend began frequenting the shop after school in September 2013.

He told the victim to come back after the shop was closed and then pressured her into performing a sex act on him in the kitchen.

Ali was arrested in January 2014 after his victim disclosed what had happened to a learning mentor at school.

Investigating Officer Detective Constable Tracey Davies said: “Ali took advantage of a young girl who was vulnerable due to her age.

“She found the courage to come forward and speak to someone she trusted about what had happened and we were able to bring him to justice.

“He is now rightly behind bars for his actions.

“I hope the victim can now try to put this horrendous event behind her and, with support, move forward with her life.”