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Man charged with rape as Bullfinch inquiry continues
6:06pm Thursday 24th January 2013 in News
CHILD sex exploitation police have charged a man with rape and sexual assault as part of the Operation Bullfinch investigation.
Sameer Tasib, of Wilkins Road, Oxford, will appear at Oxford Crown Court on February 11 for a plea and directions hearing. The 22-year-old was charged in November but police only released the information yesterday.
Nine men are currently on trial at the Old Bailey in London accused of involvement in an alleged child sex ring in Oxford.
Six girls have claimed they were abused by the men when they were aged between 11 and 15.
The defendants deny all 79 charges which date from 2004 to 2012 and include allegations of rape and child prostitution.
A witness, known as Girl 1 as she cannot be named, is due to begin giving evidence today.
The trial was held up yesterday because of legal arguments.
Meanwhile, four men aged between 19 and 35 answered police bail yesterday and were released on bail until February 26.
Four other men arrested as part of Thames Valley Police’s Operation Bullfinch have recently been released without charge.