UK top cop in sex case won't step down

2013-05-15 14:00
Sara Thornton, Chief Constable of Britain's Thames Valley police. (File, AFP)

Sara Thornton, Chief Constable of Britain's Thames Valley police. (File, AFP)

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London — The British police chief whose department handled the investigation of a paedophile ring that preyed on young girls has apologised for failure to act more quickly but insists she will not resign.

Thames Valley Police Chief Constable Sara Thornton told BBC Radio on Wednesday morning that the force failed to recognise a pattern of abuse and instead treated each case individually.

She says investigators did not grasp that the abuse in the city of Oxford was systematic and organised.

Seven men were convicted on Tuesday of abusing girls as young as 11 and forcing them into prostitution. Charges included rape and trafficking.

The ring operated from 2004 until 2012 before it was brought to justice.

City council officials have also apologised for failing to take quick action to protect the girls.

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