Tuesday 23 April 2019

Teen 'copied porn site' as he abused half-sister (8)

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Jessica Magee and Brion Hoban

A teenage boy who raped and sexually abused his eight-year-old half-sister should be placed in residential care while undergoing treatment, a court has heard.

The 16-year old has pleaded guilty to five counts of oral rape and 44 counts of sexual assault, carried out between September 2016 and January 2017.

The teenager cannot be named to protect his identity and that of his half-sister. The abuse took place in the Munster area.

The Central Criminal Court heard previously the boy told gardaí he had been copying what he saw on a pornographic website.

A garda told Imelda Kelly BL, prosecuting, that in January 2017, the teenager's mother walked into her living room to discover her son inappropriately touching her daughter's genitals.

The teenager was 14 at the time and his half-sister was aged eight.

His mother made a complaint to gardaí and the teenager was arrested.

Yesterday, the court heard evidence from psychologist Linda Cooney from NIAP, an inter-agency project that treats adolescents who sexually abuse.

Ms Cooney told the court that the accused boy moved out of his mother's house, where his half-sister lives, immediately after the abuse was discovered.

He is currently living with his father, but Ms Cooney said this emotional environment was not adequate to allow him to undergo successful psychological treatment.

The teenager was remanded on continuing bail for sentence on April 1.

Irish Independent

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