Rotherham boy locked up for raping girl, 12

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A teenage boy who raped a 12-year-old virgin in his bedroom and then again two months later has been locked up.

The 16-year-old, who was in a ‘brief but consensual’ relationship with the victim, had sex with her in his bedroom in Maltby, Rotherham, taking her virginity and then had sex a second timewith her at the back of a garden shed.

Sheffield Crown Court heard the girl was ‘scared’ because it was her first time but the boy reassured her ‘it would be fine’.

The court heard the boy believed the girl – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was 15 and they broke up when her real age came to light.

A request to lift reporting restrictions and name the defendant, who was 15 and subject to a youth rehabilitation order at the time of the offences in February and April last year, was made to the court because of the serious nature of the offences, but rejected.

Honorary Recorder of Sheffield Judge Julian Goose QC sentenced the boy to an 18-month detention and training order.

He said the prosecution accepted that when the rapes took place it was with consent but ‘in law she could never consent’ because of her age.

Judge Goose said: “The girl was indeed still only 12. She was young, she was vulnerable. I’m satisfied that these two offences are so serious that even for someone of your age a custodial sentence is appropriate.”

The boy had pleaded guilty to two counts of rape.

The court heard he had previous convictions for other offences and was ‘not a stranger to the courts ’.

Kath Goddard, mitigating, said he was ‘incredibly vulnerable.’

She said: “It may well be that in terms of chronological age he was three years or so older than the complainant but it may well be that in terms of emotional maturity they are much more of a similar level.

“This was not a case of a teenager exploitating a much younger girl for his own sexual gratification.

“He expressed care, consideration and protection for her.

“He was not abusive towards her in the classic sense. He was not violent towards her.

“He treated her with compassion and you will note from the pre-sentence report that as soon as he did find out her age he ended that relationship.

“It was shortly after ending that relationship these allegations were made.”

The court heard there had been a ‘substantial backlash in the community’ and he and his ‘blameless family’ had to face the consequences of it.

He was made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order for seven years and must register as a sex offender for two-and-a-half years.