Girl (5) infected with sexually transmitted disease after mum's partner raped her
A five-year-old girl was diagnosed with a sexually-transmitted disease after her mother's partner raped her, a family court judge has decided.
The youngster contracted gonorrhoea after being sexually abused by the man, Mr Justice MacDonald has concluded.
Detail of the case emerged in a ruling published by the judge following a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court.
Mr Justice MacDonald, who is based in London, was analysing a case involving the man's three-year-old daughter.
The three-year-old was the product of another relationship with a different woman. The man and the girl's mother had separated and were embroiled in family court litigation relating to where their child should live.
During that litigation the man was accused of sexually abusing the five-year-old girl, while in a separate relationship with her mother.
The judge said he had been asked to make findings relating to that allegation.
No-one involved in the case has been identified in Mr Justice MacDonald's ruling.
The man had denied having sex with the five-year-old but Mr Justice MacDonald said he had surveyed a "broad canvas of evidence" and concluded otherwise.
"I am satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the (man) sexually abused (the five-year-old girl) ... by penetrative sexual abuse on at least one occasion," said the judge.
"As a result ... she was infected with gonorrhoea."