Detectives welcome significant sentence for man convicted of sexual offences.
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A 41-year-old man in a “position of trust” was jailed for 19 years this week after being found guilty of two counts of attempted rape – one on a child.
Despite denying the offences, which were reported to police via a third party, Ashif Nashaat of Middlesbrough faced trial at Teesside Crown Court and he was convicted of attempted rape of a child aged 11 years and attempted rape of a girl over 16.
Nashaat will also be subject to a SHPO (sexual harm prevention order) and a restraining order on release.
Officer in the case Detective Sergeant Gemma Leeming said: “Nashaat held a position of trust and the survivor has suffered significant emotional harm as a result of his actions.
“We are just glad that she was brave enough to confide in a trusted adult so police could offer her support - and take action against Nashaat.
“His denial of what he had done meant she had to endure the stress and trauma of giving evidence in court and again her courage must be commended.
“This is a significant sentence and I hope it reassures this young woman - and anyone else who has experienced similar abuse - that there is help available and police will always do everything possible to bring offenders to justice.”
Acting Detective Child Inspector Matthew Waterfield of Cleveland Police CAVA Unit (Child Abuse and Vulnerable Adult) added: “Our priority is to protect and safeguard the vulnerable while working with our colleagues in the justice system to deal robustly with perpetrators.
“Anyone who wants to report, whether for themselves or on behalf of another person, can do so at any time of day or night via our website or by phoning the 101 number.”