Rotherham: Woman among six accused of child sex crimes

In Court
In Court

A woman and five men, all accused of a string of sex offences against children - including child prostitution and rape - have appeared in court in Sheffield.

Amanda Spencer, aged 22, from Canklow Road, Rotherham, is charged with 41 offences.

They all relate to the prostitution of victims who were aged between 12 and 20, between the years 2006 and 2010.

She appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 18th June 2013 along with five men.

One of the men cannot be identified for legal reasons.

The other four are Lee Unwin, aged 26, of Nethergreen Road, Nethergreen; John McLachlan, aged 65, of Downham Road, Firth Park; Kareem Ahmed, aged 29, of Manor Park Centre, Manor; and Bashdar Hamadamin, aged 26, of Rock Street, Burngreave.

The court heard Spencer is facing charges including arranging or facilitating a child sexual offence, inciting or causing a child to become a prostitute, and inciting or arranging or facilitating the prostitution of a child.

The unnamed man is facing 24 allegations which include sexual assault and sexual activity with children.

The charges include one offence against a child under the age of 13.

Unwin is charged with one offence of paying for the sexual services of a child.

Ahmed is charged with arranging or facilitating travel for the commission of a sexual offence.

McLachlan faces two counts of paying for the sexual services of a child.

Hamadamin is charged with rape.

Between them, the defendants are accused of a total of 70 offences against 17 victims - 16 girls and one boy.

The alleged offences are said to have taken place between 2004 and 2011, in the Sheffield area.

Spencer and the five men were all released from court on conditional bail.

Their cases were transferred to Sheffield Crown Court where they will appear before a judge on Thursday 4th July 2013.

South Yorkshire police said it launched an investigation into the allegations in January last year.