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19 years jail for rapist who demanded sex for drugs

West Midlands Police has applauded the bravery of three vulnerable women after their evidence helped convict a man who sexually exploited them in return for drugs.

Gavin Riley, from Shirral Grove in Kingshurst, repeatedly raped one woman between 2014 and 2016 and claimed sex acts were “payment" for heroin and crack cocaine he supplied.

And he threatened another woman into performing a sex act on him at his home on 28 April last year after saying she needed to repay a drugs debt.

Riley was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday 8 September after the women − plus another who reported him for sexual assault on 10 August last year − disclosed the offences to police and supported the prosecution.

The 40-year-old was found guilty on four counts of rape, plus sexual assault, and jailed for a total of 19 years; he was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

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Detective Inspector Wes Martin from West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit praised the women for confiding in his officers and helping secure justice.

He said: “All three should feel rightly proud of their actions: they have supported our investigation, given evidence against Riley and, by helping secure a custodial sentence, protected other women from becoming victims.

“This case really highlights how West Midlands Police always take reports of sexual abuse seriously and will work with survivors, help get them the support they need, and work with them to bring offenders to justice.

“Riley held a position of power over these women: they had addictions or vulnerabilities, which he managed to manipulate to force them to comply with his demands. At one stage he assaulted one of his victims and held a knife against her.

“Riley is a dangerous sexual predator and I’m pleased the courts have recognised the gravity of his offences in handing down a long prison sentence."

West Midlands Police’s Public Protection officers are specially trained to deal sensitively with sexual abuse victims, offer them support and guide them through the court process.

To speak to the force’s Public Protection Unit call 101 or contact RSVP (Rape & Sexual Violence Project) Birmingham on 0121 643 4136.

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