Twelve-year-old girl was raped

A man has been convicted of raping a girl in Harrow.

Brijeshkumar Barot, aged 37,  of The Broadway, Harrow was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday (17 May) of the rape and sexual assault of a child under the age of 13.

The victim – who was 12 at the time of the offences – was raped and sexually assaulted by Barot at his address in Harrow between December 2014 and February 2015.

Barot (pictured) was arrested after the girl and her family reported the abuse to police – he was arrested in July 2015.

As part of the investigation, Barot’s phone was seized and on examination extreme pornographic material was discovered. He was subsequently charged with these offences, along with the rape and sexual assault of the girl.

Barot pleaded guilty in January of this year to possession of extreme pornographic material relating to animals. On Monday, 8 May, he pleaded guilty to possession of indecent images of children.

Detective Constable Janine Stevenson of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command said: “Barot is a predatory sex offender.

“I cannot speak highly enough of the victim and her family who have shown immense bravery in coming to police and supporting this prosecution. I would also like to thank the network of professionals who are on hand to support victims and their families through such ordeals.”

Anyone who has been the victim of a sexual offence is advised to contact police on 101. Barot will be sentenced at the same court on 14 June.

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