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Man who sexually abused two girls convicted

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Man who sexually abused two girls convicted

A man who sexually abused two little girls after luring them into a disused garage in Hackney has been convicted following an investigation by specialist detectives.

Huseyin Berk, also known as Alex, 45 (20.11.76), of Amhurst Park, Hackney, was found guilty on Wednesday, 29 June following a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court of two counts of sexual assault by penetration against a girl aged under 13 involving one of the victims, and one count of the same charge involving the other victim.

He will be sentenced at the same court on a date to be confirmed in September.

Police were contacted by a relative of the victims in November 2018 after they confided that Berk, who lived in the same area, had taken them into a disused garage and sexually assaulted them on a number of occasions between April and October.

He had approached them as he walked his dog when the girls were playing outside. He told them ‘bad things would happen’ if they told anyone what was going on.

Detectives specialising in sexual offences involving children led the complex investigation into Berk, who was arrested in November 2018 and charged in August 2021.

Detective Constable Kevin Flynn, the investigating officer, said: “Berk was known to the girls for a long time as they had often seen him walking his dog around the area while they played games. He encouraged them to pet his dog and built up something of a position of a trust, which he then abused for his own sexual gratification.

“We have ensured that specialist support has been in place for these children throughout this process. It is because of their courage that we have seen Berk convicted.

“The Met Police will always investigate any sexual offence involving children and seek to punish any offenders to the fullest extent. We have a wealth of specialist skills and expertise that allow us to investigate these kinds of very serious allegations carefully and sensitively. I urge any victims of a sexual offence to take heart from this story and report it to us.”