A man who had sex with two different teenage girls, in the full knowledge both were underage, has been sentenced.
Sulman Dar (born 25/07/1989), of Auburn Street, Bolton, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child at an earlier hearing.
Yesterday, 5 September 2014, Dar was sentenced to six and a half years in prison at Bolton Crown Court. He was also given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) for ten years and ordered to sign the Sex Offender's Register for an indefinite period.
Both victims were 15-years-old at the time they were groomed by Dar in the summer of 2013. He plied them with cigarettes and alcohol before taking advantage of them.
On both occasions, after Dar had sex with the two teenage girls, he told them both not to say anything to anyone.
In October 2013 - before the two offences were disclosed to police - he was issued with a warning notice under Section Two of the Child Abduction Act 1984, and only later did his actions with the two girls come to light.
One of the two victims said in her impact statement: "It has made me feel dirty and used. I'm glad I told the police what happened, I did it because I didn't want it to happen to anybody else."
Detective Sergeant Pete Astbury, of The Phoenix Exit Team, Bolton's multi agency Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, said: "Dar displayed all the classic hallmarks of a sexual predator and perpetrator of child sexual exploitation.
"He plied two girls with drink and cigarettes - in the full knowledge both were below the age of consent - to groom them before taking advantage of them. It is clear from reading the personal statements of both victims that they did not consent to his actions and were horrified afterwards.
"The fact he told both girls to keep silent afterwards shows he was well aware that what he was doing was wrong but he did it anyway.
"I would like to pay tribute to these two girls for working with us and supporting our prosecution, which has ultimately led to Dar's conviction. As a result, a dangerous individual has now been convicted and saved other potential victims. It was certainly no easy thing for these two girls to relive what had happened, but thanks to their bravery we have convicted a sexual offender.
"This is the first major investigation to be brought to a conclusion since the Exit Team came into being in September 2013 - it is only because of the help and support Children's Services staff were able to provide to these young people that allowed them to disclose these matters and to cope with the aftermath of the disclosure.
"I hope other young people who may be a similar situation look at this case and are encouraged that if they do come forward if they too have been coerced into sex that the Exit Team will do everything we can to bring the offender to justice, and provide support & counselling to victims, to help them through the process."
The Phoenix Exit Team can be contacted on 01204 337195 or by email via PhoenixExitTeam@gmp.police.uk