Dad’s fury as probe into sexual assault on teen daughter takes over two years

A dad is furious that an investigation into a sexual assault on his teenage daughter has taken over two years.

The father said that his daughter was ‘dragged’ into an alleyway during the summer of 2019.

The young woman, from Crewe, was able to fight back against her attacker but the dad said that the incident has left both her and her family utterly ‘traumatised’, Cheshire Live reports.

Cheshire Police has confirmed that the allegation was part of a wider investigation that involved ‘a number of victims and suspects’.

A ‘number of teenage boys’ have been arrested as part of their probe and a file full of evidence has been passed on to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

But the dad, who has not been named to protect the identity of his daughter, has criticized the force for the time it has taken to progress the investigation.

He said: “It’s becoming a bit of a nightmare and there are other young girls out there. The police are starting to communicate with me now but it’s been two years.

“There are apparently a lot of other young girls involved.”

It is understood that an officer investigating the case passed away during the course of inquiries. He said he felt for the officer and their family of her but that the case might not have been picked up afterwards as quickly as it could have been.

The dad has submitted an official complaint to the Cheshire Constabulary about his concerns.

He said: “I’ve been getting apologies from the police but sorry isn’t good enough. My daughter has been traumatized, she’s not been able to get any counselling.

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“She has forgotten a little bit about it now and I don’t want to bring it all back to her but it’s been two years. I get it’s such a complex case but I feel it’s been left at the bottom of a pile.”

The incident happened during his daughter’s last year at school and he said she was ‘dragged down an alleyway’ but was able to ‘fend off’ her attacker.

He said: “Someone overlooking that alleyway saw a young girl struggling with a male and reported it to police. They flagged it up around the schools in Crewe saying something serious had taken place.”

Her parents were told after her school were made aware of what had happened, with the dad saying: “I got a call from the school and that’s when the nightmare started.”

The family now want the case to be progressed and wrapped up so they can move on from what happened.

The dad said: “I don’t want this dragging out for months. I want it in court, I want him punished for what he’s done and then we can carry on rebuilding our lives.

“Until this is resolved, we’re in no-man’s land and I don’t like it.”

Responding to the dad’s concerns, police described it as an ‘extremely complex and sensitive case’ and said officers were working closely with partners to bring it to a conclusion ‘as swiftly as possible’.

Chief Inspector Claire Jesson, from Cheshire Constabulary, said: “We can confirm we received a complaint in relation to the length of time taken to investigate allegations of sexual assault, which date back to 2019.

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“Officers have visited the complainant, they have provided an update on this case and have also clarified the reasons behind the amount of time it has taken to reach this stage of the investigation.

“This is an extremely complex and sensitive case, which involves a number of victims and suspects. We are working closely with our partners to bring this case to a conclusion as swiftly as possible and appropriate safeguarding measures are in place.

“A number of teenage boys have been arrested and bailed as part of ongoing inquiries and a file of evidence has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service to determine what action will be taken.”

A police spokesperson confirmed an investigating officer had died from Covid and said the case was passed on to another officer.

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