Rotherham paedophile has jail sentence extended by 45 months for trolling his victim

Waseem Khaliq, 35, has been handed an additional 45 months in prison for witness intimidation after trolling one of his victims on Facebook and Twitter. (NCA)

A convicted paedophile jailed for Rotherham child abuse has had 45 months added to his sentence for trolling one of his victims.

Waseem Khaliq, 35, was jailed for ten years for abusing young girls last month as part of Operation Stovewood, a long-running investigation into sexual abuse and exploitation in Rotherham.

After Khaliq - who was convicted of child abduction and indecent assault at Sheffield Crown Court - was charged, he set up a fake Facebook account and used it in an attempt to intimidate the girl and undermine her evidence.

Using the name Andros Simpson, he wrote that he was an investigative journalist looking into the events which took place at Rotherham.

He claimed the girl was lying and said she was only giving evidence because she had been offered cash and a new house.

He also used the account to contact a number of associates of the victim in an attempt to intimidate her and prevent her from giving evidence.

Khaliq was convicted of child abduction and indecent assault at Sheffield Crown Court. (Getty)

He also made a threatening phone call from prison, telling officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) who were investigating him that he knew where they lived.

Investigators from the National Crime Agency contacted Facebook and had the account closed down.

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However Khaliq continued to post comments on other accounts, only stopping when he was remanded into custody in March this year.

While awaiting his trial, Khaliq contacted two NCA investigators telling one he knew where they lived and warning the other he was close to finding out his address.

He also told them he hoped they died of cancer or AIDS.

Khaliq was last month as part of Operation Stovewood, a long-running investigation into sexual abuse and exploitation in Rotherham. (Getty)

NCA senior investigating officer Phillip Marshall said: “Through his vindictive campaign of social media trolling Khaliq only compounded the suffering his victims had already gone through.

“They showed extreme bravery in coming forward and continuing to give evidence despite this, and I once again pay tribute to them.

“Our investigation has been victim focused throughout, and this conviction demonstrates that we will not tolerate attempts to intimidate victims or our officers who work with them.”

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