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11-year-old rapist was looking up gay rape porn online, court hears

11-year-old rapist was looking up gay rape porn online, court hears

An 11-year-old boy who raped a nine-year-old boy may have been affected by looking up gay porn websites, a court has heard.

The youngster, who also sexually assaulted two other boys aged seven and 11, was found to have made computer searches for "gay rape", "gay porn" and "gay rape porn".

Sentencing at Preston Crown Court, the Recorder of Preston, Judge Mark Brown, told the youngster: "I am concerned in this case that you may have been affected by material that was available to you on the internet, namely sites that depicted gay rape.

"But nonetheless I am satisfied that this was not a situation in which you were experimenting sexually but rather you were obtaining sexual gratification or pleasure by what you were doing."

Speaking slowly to the youth, now aged 13, who was flanked in the dock by a social worker, he said that had he been an adult, he would have received a considerably longer sentence.

But in sentencing him to four years in detention, Judge Brown said he hoped the public would understand that when dealing with someone of his age he had to have regard for the boy's future and welfare.

He went on: "I can only hope that during this sentencing you will be able to do some kind of education and courses that will help you, do you follow?"

The smartly dressed boy replied: "Yes sir."

Judge Brown continued: "When you are released you will be able to make a fresh start, but you should realise that if anything like this happens again, not only will you find yourself back in custody but you will find yourself in custody for a very, very long time indeed. Is that understood?"

He again replied: "Yes sir."

The boy, from Blackpool, Lancashire, pleaded guilty at an earlier youth court hearing to rape and sexual assault.

Judge Brown said sexual assaults were committed in the bedroom of his nine-year-old victim "on a number of occasions over a period of some time" but rapes had also taken place.

He told the youth: "That was a terrible and dreadful thing you did to him and I hope you appreciate it should never have happened."

"Yes," said the boy.

Judge Brown said: "It must have been awful for (the victim) and we simply cannot know what impact it is going to have had upon him, particularly in the long term."

The boy again said: "Yes."

The mother of the second victim, aged seven, discovered the defendant on top of her son with both their trousers down and the defendant rubbing his privates against the younger boy.

The judge told the defendant: "You can understand how (the boy's mother) must have been terribly shocked and horrified by what she discovered.

"Once the police got involved and all of this came out in the open, you were then on bail and when you were on bail you committed a sexual assault on (the third victim) and he was a bit older. He says that on a couple of occasions you were touching his privates over his clothing."

He explained they were "terrible crimes" and that he had no alternative but to send him to custody.

A pre-sentence report had identified that the risk of him committing further offences was "high", the court heard.

Judge Brown said: "I must have in mind all that I know about you - your capabiilites as a young person, and in particular your future, your welfare and the prospects of reform and rehabilitation.

"I hope it will be understood by the public that the sentence in this case must be considerably shorter than the kind of sentence that would be imposed were you very much older.

"I very much hope that the general public will undrestand that when dealing with anybodoy of your age, your youth, the courts must have regard to your future and your welfare.

"The best point you have got by way of mitigation is the fact that you did admit the offences.

"You pleaded guilty in the youth court and that stands you in very good stead. You will receive maxium credit for the very early pleas of guilty.

"I am also very mindful of your background circumstances. I have a read great deal about your upbringing, your family, your parents, your schooling and so on.

"Despite all I know about you, depsite the question of your welfare and future, it seems to me I would be failing in my public duty if I did not pass such a sentence."

The boy's parents sat in the public gallery as the judge told the boy he would be subject to notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act upon his release .

Virginia Hayton, defending, said her client was someone who "clearly needs help and support" but had been using his time productively in custody.

She said: "There were concerns about his upbringing that may be the cause of the commissioning of these offences. We may never know what may have caused young (the defendant) to have done what he has done."

She conceded that he was aware of his actions but his "desire outweighed the knowledge and remorse of what he was doing".