Police praise bravery of 11-year-old girl after Rotherham paedophile jailed
A police officer has praised the bravery of an 11-year-old girl who was groomed and sexually assaulted by a Rotherham paedophile – then blamed for what happened.
Kamir Khan, 31, of Eldon Road, Rotherham, was jailed for four and a half years at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday, November 25 and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life after pleading guilty to two counts of assaulting a girl under 13 by touching, inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity and engaging in sexual communication with a child.
The court heard how Khan, a dad, sent the female victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, more than 4,000 messages over three months and told her he loved her and wanted to marry her.
He also inappropriately touched her on two occasions in February and March 2019.
Investigating officer Rachel Scott of South Yorkshire Police said: “Khan preyed on his victim over a period of months, taking full advantage of her age, and her vulnerability.
"He manipulated her in to thinking he was her boyfriend, and it was normal for him to send her such explicit messages.”
In a victim impact statement read to the court, the girl said she and her family had been ostracised by the local community who blamed her for what happened. The family were forced to move home as a result.
Ms Scott added: “This girl has been incredibly strong throughout this inquiry and I couldn’t be prouder of how much she has assisted our investigation.
"I believe he [Khan] is a danger to children and I am pleased he is now behind bars.”