Detention for teenager who raped youngster

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A youth who raped a young boy in the Leyland area while they were playing has been sentenced to three years’ detention.

The Preston Crown Court judge who sent him to custody told the youngster: “You have not given anybody any explanation about why it happened.”

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named by order of the court due to his age, had pleaded guilty to a charge of rape.

He was 16 at the time of the offence which was carried out on a boy under 10.

Louise Whaites, prosecuting, said that the victim’s screams were heard by an adult who went to investigate and found him crying and distressed. The police were contacted.

The defendant told police he didn’t know why he did it as he wasn’t sexually attracted to children. He spoke of having sometimes looked at porn on a computer, but said the material only related to adults.

The teenager had no previous convictions or cautions. James Hawks, defending, said the youth had significant learning difficulties.

“This seems to have been an impulsive incident, not planned in any way. It must have been traumatic, but the incident was of very short duration. There have been no concerns about his behaviour since.

“He has expressed genuine remorse and regret about his behaviour. He had talked of wanting to turn back the clock if he could.”

In sending him into detention, Judge Heather Lloyd told the defendant: “You have not given anybody any explanatiion as to why this happened. I will sentence on the basis that this was spontaneous.

“The inescapable fact is this is a very serious offence. In my judgment, only a custodial sentence is appropriate.”

The youth will be on the sex offenders register indefinitely and subject to a sexual offences prevention order for five years.