Rochdale 'serial groomer' jailed after attacking girls
A "serial groomer" who sexually assaulted two 14-year-old girls he befriended has been jailed.
Mohammed Sodais attacked one of the girls after leading her to a field, and the other after meeting her at a bus station.
The 19-year-old had also contacted a third girl, aged 13, online.
Sodais, of Howarth Cross Street, Rochdale, was jailed for eight and a half years at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court on Monday.
He was earlier found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child, two of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and five counts of attempting to meet a child under 16.
Sodais had arranged to meet one of his victims, who he knew through a friend, in April last year, Greater Manchester Police said.
The pair met in Rochdale before going to a field where he abused her.
Three months later he met another girl, who was with friends at a bus station in Middleton, and began messaging her online.
During a second meeting they went for a walk and he attacked her.
After his arrest, police seized his phone and discovered he had contacted three girls.
Det Con Ben Harris said Sodais was a "serial groomer" who wanted to satisfy "sickening urges" after betraying the girls' trust.
He praised Sodais' victims for their courage in coming forward during what was a "long and difficult trial".
Sodais was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.