Thursday 23 October 2014

Boy (12) raped sister (7) after viewing porn on the internet

Kim Pilling

Published 04/03/2014 | 02:30

The judge set the boy free because he believed he was unlikely to reoffend
The judge set the boy free because he believed he was unlikely to reoffend

A 12-YEAR-OLD schoolboy who raped his seven-year-old sister after he watched hardcore porn on the internet has walked free from court.

Social workers will now work with the youngster to return him to the family home in the coming months.

Blackburn Youth Court heard the boy had viewed pornography in the company of his friends before he gained "a desire to try it out".

He committed a number of sexual offences against his sister between March and May last year but the matters did not come to light until last autumn.

The boy, now aged 13, pleaded guilty to one count of rape, two counts of indecent assault and one count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

In a statement, the offender said he was "disgusted" with his actions and promised it would not happen again.

Sentencing him, District Judge James Prowse said he thought it "highly improbable" that the boy would reoffend in this way as he followed the recommendations of a Youth Offending Team to impose a 12-month referral order.

Detaining him would "tear the family apart" and would expose him to "hardened and sophisticated" youth offenders, he added.

In a victim impact statement, the girl said she was "sad" at what her brother had done but she wanted him to come home because she loved him and missed playing games with him.

INTENSE

Judge Prowse said the referral order would be "intense" and was specifically tailored to deal with last year's events.

He said it would be "a tough haul" for his parents, who were also confronting the abuse of their daughter, but he said he felt they were "going to get there".

It is understood the boy had viewed porn on an Xbox games console at a friend's house.

The content had led to "sexual conversation" between the friends, the court heard.

Addressing the boy and his father, Judge Prowse said: "Some of the others were telling you about what they had been doing, probably imaginary rather than real. Because of your immaturity you were not able to recognise it, that made you feel further behind the scene.

"When you started watching pornography you had a desire to try it out, having watched what adults were doing.

"Society's view on pornography covers a wide spectrum from complete condemnation on the one side to being laissez faire on the other, but even the most liberal-minded share society's profound unease that children of your age can and do access the internet and watch graphic images of sexual intercourse."

He added that technological change had been "enormous" in the last 10 years with online access now readily available on mobile phones and games consoles.

He said "many people" would ask whether there was a link between the increases in ease of access to porn and the number of sexual offences committed by children on children.

The boy attended the court with his father and a social worker, who sat by him as he confirmed his name, address and date of birth.

Irish Independent

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