Teens laughed as schoolgirl sexually assaulted

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A teenager who had sex with a 14-year-old girl in an isolated caravan while two of his friends looked on laughing has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

John Hoey, 18, admitted a charge of sexual activity with a female child under 16 years of age when he appeared at 
Preston Crown Court.

A 16-year-old, who 
witnessed the incident and then admitted an offence with the same girl, was given a youth rehabilitation order and told by Judge Michael Byrne: “You are very fortunate that you will not lose your liberty.”

The court heard that Hoey and his friends went with the girl to the caravan late at night where he committed the act.

Moments later he asked her to record a video message on his mobile phone saying she had given permission.

The 16-year-old also touched the girl in the caravan.

But when she refused to commit a sex act he did not pursue the matter.

The third teenager in the caravan took no part in 
either offence and sat 
watching and playing on his phone.

Judge Byrne said the girl, who told her family when she got home, had since needed counselling. “She finds it difficult to be on her own with boyfriends, has lost her confidence and finds it difficult trusting anyone any more.

“As a result of this incident she has been subjected to bullying at school. There has been a marked impact on and a deterioration in her school work.

“Her mother finds it very upsetting and has herself suffered a lack of confidence and also anxiety about her daughter.”

The court was told both the teenagers had been of previous good character and had no convictions.

Sentencing Hoey, of Green Lane, Morecambe to 42 months in prison, Judge Byrne said: “This girl was inexperienced and the defendant wilfully led her on.”

The 16-year-old, who it was claimed had not known the girl was only 14, was said to be “sexually naive” and did not pose any significant risk to the public.

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