Scarborough man jailed for sexual offences

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A Scarborough man is among 10 people jailed after a 13-year-old girl from North Yorkshire was sexually exploited by 30 different attackers.

Craig Wilkinson, 33, of Rowan Close, has been sent to prison for six years after pleading guilty to nine sexual offences including having sex with the girl.

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The other men are from locations such as York, Doncaster, Harrogate and Wetherby. The case was heard at York Crown Court.

Some of them were married with children and individually preyed on the girl. Police said the men made contact with her over the internet.

The offences came to light after the girl’s mother found explicit messages and pictures on her mobile phone.

Det Ch Supt Simon Mason said the offenders included a teacher, a travelling salesman, a shop worker and an unemployed mechanic.

He said: “They came from all walks of life, all types of professions, including one man that was located in Europe.

“There were a variety of marital relationships and the fact that they had access to their own children and other children.”

The ten men were jailed for a variety of sexual offences including sexual grooming of a child and possessing indecent photographs.

Another man was given a community sentence and a further man is awaiting sentencing.

An additional 18 men were investigated and found to have had contact with the girl but no court action was taken.

The case, which was first investigated by police last April, can now be reported because court proceedings have finished.