If these allegations are true, there really are no words.
Children were made to perform ‘sexual activities’ with each other and animals at a hotel, a family court judge has concluded.
Social workers from Coventry City Council had asked Judge Hilary Watson to investigate a series of allegations made by a number of children in their care.
The judge has now made a number of shocking findings of facts after analysing evidence at a court hearing in the city.
She said the allegations were made by four children aged between eight and 14 against a man they knew.
No one was identified in her written ruling, in which limited detail about the incidents was made public.
The children spoke of travelling to Birmingham on a bus and indicated that the hotel was in the city. They also indicated that activities had been recorded on video.
Judge Watson said some of the ‘suggestions’ might seem ‘fantastical’, but concluded they were probably a ‘grim reality’.
She said: ‘In my judgment, the children are telling the truth when they describe being taken… to a hotel where they had wine and tablets and were made to perform sexual acts watched by other people.
‘It is suggested that the accounts are not to be believed because the children report sexual activity with (a) dog and other animals. A rabbit was described as being frightened … and running off.
‘Such suggestions might seem fantastical but become a grim reality when seen in the context of my findings that the children have been made to perform sexual activities with each other for the sexual gratification of (the man), for the video camera, and for other people.’
The judge added: ‘It is highly probable that the children were made to perform sexual acts on animals.’
Judge Watson said police were involved in the case but she did not reveal whether anyone has been charged with any offence.
In a country where the Rotherham scandal went largely ignored, none of this is a surprise.