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Opemipo Jaji: Government inquiries into park rapist's supervision

The government has begun two investigations into how a teenage rapist who had previously been convicted of a sex assault on a 12-year-old girl went on to rape another schoolgirl.

Opemipo Jaji, 18, of Edmonton, has been found guilty of raping the 11-year-old in Enfield, last November.

But he had been convicted of attacking the 12-year-old in 2011 and was sentenced to be detained at a youth offenders centre for 10 months.

He was not classified as a registered sex offender but was dealt with under the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (Mappa) scheme, which the Ministry of Justice says is "operated by criminal justice and social care agencies that seek to manage and reduce the risk presented by sexual and violent offenders".

Indecent images

After his release, having served five months, he was convicted in April 2012 by magistrates of failing to comply with the detention and training order.

He was ordered to pay £15 to the victim.

In May 2012, he appeared before magistrates again accused of having indecent images of children and about 600 pictures of girls were discovered on his phone and electronic devices.

Image caption CCTV footage showed Opemipo Jaji board a bus before he went on to attack the girl

He had been viewing images on a youth club computer and transferring them to his own devices.

In September 2012 he pleaded guilty to an offence of making/downloading an indecent photograph of a child, and was given a community order which included a ban on going near schools, an 18 month supervision order, 50 hours unpaid work and £85 in costs.

In November 2012, Jaji dragged the 11-year-old girl into a park after following her off a school bus. He shoved a glove in her mouth and repeatedly raped her over three hours, the trial heard.

The attack was similar to the one in 2011, when he followed the girl from a bus stop and took her to a housing estate where he threatened her, put a school tie in her mouth and sexually assaulted her.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said there will now be two reviews of the handling of Jaji.

The first will be a Mappa Serious Case Review and will examine his all round supervision, including the time he was under the watch of the Youth Offending Team following his sexual assault conviction in February 2011.

The spokesman said Jaji was considered to be a "high risk" offender under Mappa supervision.

The second investigation is known as a serious further offence review and which will look at the 11 week period he was under supervision after his conviction for possession of indecent images of children.

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