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Man jailed for plying teens with drugs in exchange for sexual favours

     
       
   

A HORNSEA man who encouraged three teenage girls to use cocaine in order to bribe them into giving him sexual favours has been jailed for four years.

Steven Clarke, 21, was sentenced at Hull Crown Court on Friday, May 31 after admitting attempting to supply cocaine to the girls and to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

Detective Constable Nicola Gibbs, who led the investigation, said: “Firstly, I want to thank these young women for their bravery and determination to come forward and see Clarke punished for what he did to them.

“The impact his actions have had on them cannot be underestimated and I am so proud of the steps they have taken to rebuild their lives.

“Two of the girls were 16-years-old and the other was 15 when Clarke, who was then 19, met them back in the summer of 2017.

“He befriended them and used the fact he had money and a car to win them over but instead of being a friend to them, he abused their trust for his own ends.

“None of them had ever used Class A drugs before but he persuaded them all to try cocaine. Once they were addicted he used this to control them, telling them he deserved sexual favours from them in exchange for giving them access to drugs and alcohol.

“Not only were the girls being sexually exploited by Clarke, but their addiction began to impact on other areas of their lives. Family relationships broke down and they lost out on their education.

“Clarke’s predatory behaviour went further when he went on a camping trip with a 15-year-old girl and gave her so much alcohol that she passed out in a tent.

“Whilst she was unconscious, he sexually assaulted her and was only stopped from going further after a friend of the girl intervened and took her away.

“I hope that this sentence will encourage all victims of exploitation and sexual assault to come forward.

“We are here for you. We will listen and we will support you, both through the investigation process and in getting you the care you need to rebuild your life.

“In the case of Clarke’s victims, it’s only recently that they have all managed to overcome their drug dependency and started to get their lives back on track.

“I want to commend them for what they have achieved so far and wish them well for the future.” Anyone who believes they or someone they know has been sexually exploited, call the police on 101, or 999 if they are in immediate danger.

 
         
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