A MAN who raped and assaulted a teenager in a planned attack in the grounds of a school has been jailed for five years.
Thomas Stephens (25), of Lilliput, Ballymahon Road, Athlone, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to oral rape and aggravated sexual assault in a school grounds just before Christmas two years ago.
Garda Niall Cogavin told Tara Burns, prosecuting, that the 18-year-old male had been out with friends in Athlone on the night of December 22, 2011 when Stephens began speaking to him shortly before 1am. The victim later told gardai that he didn't know Stephens.
Stephens invited the teenager to a house party and said he knew a shortcut through the grounds of a church.
The teenager decided to go to the party, but when they reached the grounds of the school, Stephens put his arms around him, knocked him to the ground and got on top of him.
He later admitted to gardai that it had been a planned attack and that he had lured the victim on to the school grounds.
During the attack, he told the teenager that he wasn't robbing him and said: "All I want is you."
Gda Cogavin said Stephens demanded the teenager take his trousers off and when he refused, he threatened to beat him until he did.
The victim was screaming and crying as Stephens touched him and kissed his mouth saying: "You'll like that, you queer."
The teenager said he needed to urinate and then tried to run off, but Stephens ran after him, got him to the ground and threatened to kill him if he tried to get away.
He asked the teen if he had a girlfriend and when the victim replied that he had, Stephens said: "Think of her."
Stephens started slapping the victim gently across the face and then hit him hard across the left eye and ordered him to lie down and take off all his clothes.
He got down beside the teenager, who was screaming and roaring throughout, and started to sexually assault him.
At one stage during the attack he told the victim "You like it," before performing oral sex on him.
He later tried unsuccessfully to rape the teenager and stole his jacket and phone at the end of the assault.
The victim reported the incident to gardai on St Stephen's Day that year and Stephens's house was searched where the victim's jacket and SIM card were found.
He was arrested three weeks later and accepted that he had carried out a serious sexual assault and that he had hit the victim and required him to perform oral sex.
In a victim impact statement read out in court, the teenager said he had regular nightmares and got reminded and upset if he saw or heard similar things on TV.
Gda Cogavin told Gerard Clarke, defending, that the accused had 22 previous convictions, of which 20 were for drink-related public order offences.
The accused, a single man who lives with his sister, told gardai he had drunk about 16 pints on the night of the attack.
Mr Justice Carney declared Stephens a sex offender and ordered that he undergo 18 months' post-release supervision after he serves his time in prison.
He suspended the final two years of the seven-year term having taken into account Stephens's early guilty plea.