June 2022

Child sex attacker jailed for nine years for offences in Northampton town centre

A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple sexual offences in Northampton.

Cuneyt Yildirim, previously of Northampton, pleaded guilty to:

  • One count of rape,

  • Nine counts of sexual activity with a child,

  • Two counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity,

  • Two counts of meeting a child following sexual grooming,

.. at an earlier court hearing in May.

The offences form part of Northamptonshire Police’s Operation Antigua – an investigation launched at the end of June 2020 which focuses on reported sexual abuse between the years of 2006 and 2016, all originating from the statue in Abington Street where young people would gather.

Yildirim’s offences relate to sexual abuse against three girls.

One of them was just 14-years-old in 2016 when the then 21-year-old Yildirim had sex with her.

He also coerced her into sending sexual images of herself to him.

Another woman was only 15-years-old in 2015 when Yildirim contacted her on Facebook and started asking her for sexual images.

She sent one before refusing to any send more at which point Yildirim became aggressive and threatening.

Finally, Yildirim sexually assaulted another girl only last year in the summer of 2021 when she was just 13-years-old.

At Northampton Crown Court on May 12, 2022, Yildirim pleaded guilty to 14 sexual offences.

Today (June 24) he was sentenced at the same court to nine years in prison with 17 years on licence.