A 26-year-old man from Halifax, Aidan Firth, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for committing multiple sexual offences against 14 child victims. The verdict was delivered at Bradford Crown Court earlier this week, on Tuesday, 21 November. Firth, currently residing in HMP Armley, faced charges such as child rape, sexual activity with a child, incitement of a child into sexual activity, and sexual assault. Alongside the custodial sentence, he has also been subjected to a lifetime Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

The crimes occurred between 2015 and 2020, involving 14 victims, all of whom were under 18 at the time of the offences. The case first came to light in 2015 when a victim reported the crimes to the police. Subsequently, the Calderdale Child Safeguarding Unit initiated an investigation. As the inquiry progressed, additional victims came forward, disclosing further offences.

In 2020, Firth was arrested and later charged. Following a three-week trial at Bradford Crown Court in September 2023, he was found guilty by a jury of multiple sexual offences and subsequently sentenced to prison.

Senior Investigating Officer T/Chief Superintendent Stuart Bainbridge, formerly of Calderdale District Police, said; “Firstly, I would like to praise the bravery of the young girls for coming forward and disclosing Firth’s offending. They were put through the daunting experience of a criminal trial and have shown so much courage and dignity throughout.

“I welcome the sentence that has been handed down to Firth for his horrendous crimes. He is a dangerous offender and his actions and behaviour towards vulnerable girls are abhorrent.

“I would also encourage anyone who may have been a victim of any sexual offence, whether it be recent or non-recent to come forward and speak to the police. You will be listened to and supported by specially trained officers throughout and also be referred to further help and support if needed. We will do all we can to secure justice for any victim.”

The investigation team received a Judge’s Commendation for their commendable work on this case.