A member of one of the infamous Rotherham child sex abuse gangs has been handed extra jail time for trolling one of his victims online.

Waseem Khaliq was jailed for ten years after he was convicted of indecent assault and child abduction in August at Sheffield Crown Court.

The 35-year-old was originally arrested as part of an investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse between 1997 and 2013.

But today he had his sentence extended by another 45 months after pleading guilty to three counts of witness intimidation.

The court heard that Khaliq abused one of his victims on Facebook and then threatened two officers involved in the long-running Operation Stovewood investigation in Rotherham, south Yorkshire.

He first set up a Facebook account under the false name ‘Andros Simpson’ after he was originally charged with his perverted crimes.



Khaliq then pretended to be an investigative journalist looking into what was happening in Rotherham so that he could contact one of his victims and a number of their associates.

He used the account to make a series of allegations about one of his victims, claiming that she was lying and had only agreed to give evidence after the National Crime Agency (NCA) offered her cash and a new house.

The NCA contacted Facebook and had the account closed down but similar posts were made on other Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Khaliq then phoned the NCA headquarters from prison threatening two of the investigating officers.

He said he knew where one of them lived, was close to finding out the address of the other and hoped they died of cancer or AIDS.

Eventually, the phone calls stopped when Khaliq was remanded in custody in March 2019.

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.’