Brothers Charged Over Rotherham Child Abuse

Two brothers have been charged with child sexual offences dating as far back as the 1990s in the Rotherham area.

Bannaras Hussain, 35, of Bridge Close, Goole, faces a total of 22 offences against girls under the age of 16 spanning four years between 1998 and 2002. 

His charges include three counts of rape, four counts of aiding and abetting rape, nine counts of indecent assault, two counts of assault and four counts of procuring a woman for prostitution. 

He will appear before Rotherham magistrates. 

His brother Sageer Hussain, 29, of the same address, has been summoned to court for four counts of rape in 2003 of a girl under 16. 

He will appear at the same court on July 9. 

South Yorkshire Police said the charges came as a result of Operation Clover, a joint investigation in partnership with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and the Crown Prosecution Service. 

The force said it is one of a number of non-recent child sexual exploitation investigations in Rotherham between 1990 and 2003. 

The Senior Investigating Officer Martin Tate said: ''This is a complex and protracted investigation with a vast amount of work still to do. ''Eleven other men remain on bail in connection with this investigation. ''I want to continue to encourage victims of all sexual crime to come forward, it takes huge courage and I would want to reassure anyone who does come forward that their complaints will be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated.''

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