Three men guilty of sexual exploitation after advertising schoolgirl on escort site

The girl was made to have sex with around 20 men

Three men guilty of sexual exploitation after advertising schoolgirl on escort site

Jake Cairns, Brandon Sharples and Jack McInally | Image: West Midlands Police

Three men in Britain have been found guilty of child sexual exploitation after advertising a schoolgirl on an escort site.

Police say Jake Cairns, Brandon Sharples and Jack McInally plied the 14-year-old with drugs and held her at an address in Coventry for five days

Cairns took explicit photos of her and posted them on adult contact site Viva Street, advertising her as an 18-year-old.

As a result she was made to have sex with around 20 men before West Midlands Police rescued her on June 13th 2015.

Officers had launched a missing person enquiry after the girl disappeared from a relative's home on June 8th.

Information led them to an address in the Somerset Road area, where they found the teenager trying to climb out of a first floor bathroom window.

Police forced open the front door to the property and arrested Cairns (21), Sharples (20) and 21-year-old McInally on suspicion of child abduction.

Jake Cairns, Brandon Sharples and Jack McInally | Image: West Midlands Police

Detectives found an e-mail address linked to Cairns was used to create an advert - the girl’s face was not visible but one photo featured a distinctive necklace belonging to the girl which police recovered.

At Warwick Crown Court on Tuesday, all three were found guilty of facilitating the sexual exploitation of a child.

Cairns was additionally found guilty of arranging child sexual exploitation and taking and distributing indecent images of a child.

Cairns, from Cheveral Avenue, Sharples from Wyley Road in Radford, McInally of no fixed address were remanded into prison and are set to be sentenced in January.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Jon Barker, said: "These three men were involved with the shocking exploitation of a young girl.

"Cairns initially denied knowing the girl but later changed his story after he was identified during an ID procedure - and our financial enquiries showed he'd paid for the Viva Street advert via his own bank account.

"Now that a jury has found them guilty they can expect to be handed long jail terms."