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Woman groomed girl into sleeping with men for £100
A woman groomed an underage girl into sleeping with men for money – then sexually assaulted her as a man watched on.
Dominika Weremczuk met the then 13-year-old at a house party, during which Weremczuk plied her with drugs including cocaine and engaged in sexual acts with her, a court heard.
This escalated to them having sexual intercourse when the girl was aged between 14 and 15 and when Weremczuk went to university to study criminology and psychology, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.
The girl was encouraged to go and meet Weremczuk where they took drugs and there was a suggestion that she was working as an escort at the time.
She then encouraged the girl to ‘meet guys’ so she could get money to come back and visit her.
“She told her where to go, what to do, and told her if she had sex with him, he’d give her £100,” Nicola Carroll, prosecuting, told the court.
“She told her the location, the type of car and what the man looked like.”
Later, Weremczuk arranged another occasion where the girl met a different man and he gave her money for performing sexual acts, it was said.
Then, she took the girl round to Mark Houseman’s house in Stalybridge.
She told told by Weremczuk that he was going to ‘take some pictures’ but once they got to the bedroom she told her to get undressed and they engaged in sexual activity as Houseman, 31, watched them.
Once things came to an end, Weremczuk became abusive, and the girl told her family, who in turn informed the police.
In an interview with the police, Weremczuk, now 25, admitted having performed sexual activity with the girl and admitted being a prostitute.
Both Weremczuk and Houseman, both of Stalybridge, were found guilty of causing or inciting exploitation of a child, and Weremczuk was also found guilty of sexual activity with a child and arranging or facilitating child exploitation.
She had also pleaded guilty to two offences of sexual activity with a child.
In an emotional victim impact statement, the girl said: “I was 13 – I was a child. I began to rely on drugs, I was always late for school if I went in at all. Looking back, I knew all this was because of what happened with Dominika, because of what she was doing to me.
“The heartbreaking thing is I can’t even hug my mum or anything without feeling awkward, and it’s so upsetting and I know it breaks her heart too.
After I had been to court, everything hit me and the reality of what I had gone through.
I can’t trust anybody without fearing the worst is going to happen.
Day-to-day life is not the same. I have become paranoid of people being behind me in the shadows.
“Even in court, they couldn’t accept their guilt and couldn’t admit what they had done to me, and put me through the trauma of going to court and giving evidence.
I am glad the jury saw through their lies. The damage has already been done, and I feel it’s irreparable.”
Weremczuk, of Hawkshead Close, was jailed for 11 years, of which she will serve two thirds in prison.
Houseman, of West Avenue, was jailed for three years.
Both were made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention order and must sign the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.