Man Who Admitted 'Hidesous' Sex Crimes 'May Have Other Victims'

29 November 2016, 18:53 | Updated: 29 November 2016, 18:56

An 18-year-old man who has admitted "hideous'' sex crimes against seven teenage girls in Rotherham may have had other victims, police have said.

Corie Adams admitted a series of charges at Sheffield Crown Court relating to girls aged between 12 and 14, South Yorkshire Police said.

The offences took place in the troubled town between January last year and early this year.

Detective Inspector John Fitzgibbons said: "Adams' sexual offending is prolific and incredibly shocking. We were able to identify a number of his victims but there may well be more young girls out there yet to come forward.

"While he has admitted his part in the sexual abuse of many young girls in Rotherham, this does not lessen the awful impact his hideous crimes have had on their lives.

"He preyed on the girls' vulnerability and young age, exploiting them to engage in sexual activity for his own satisfaction. This is a truly despicable crime and I am pleased he is behind bars where he can cause no further harm to young girls in our town.

"If you, or anyone you know, may have been a victim of this man, please come forward to police or the Rotherham Evolve team to ensure you receive the support you need and so we can investigate your report.''

Adams, formerly from Maltby, Rotherham, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court charged with 11 child sexual offences including two counts of sexual activity with a child, three counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, four counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and two counts of causing a child to watch a sexual act.

These charges related to two 13-year-olds and two 14-year-olds.

He pleaded guilty to all these charges on Tuesday, a force spokesman said.

In previous court hearings Adams admitted four counts of sexual activity with a child, one count of rape and one count of grooming. These related to a further three girls, aged between 12 and 14.

He has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday.

Adams was charged following a joint operation by South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Council.

Rotherham Council leader Chris Read said: ``I welcome today's decision as no one should have to endure what this man put these children through with his despicable behaviour.

"There is no place for people like Adams in our society and we will not tolerate this sort of behaviour within our communities here in Rotherham. To those people who commit this sort of appalling crime - you have no place here.''

Rotherham was rocked by the child sexual exploitation scandal which followed the revelations in the 2014 Jay Report that more than 1,400 children were subjected to rape, grooming and trafficking between 1997 and 2013.

A huge National Crime Agency investigation is ongoing into historical, non-familial child sexual exploitation in the town over this period.

South Yorkshire Police are continuing to investigate more recent abuse cases.