3rd May 2022

13-Year-old Boy Rapes Girl After Watching Pornography With Friends

Boy "Couldn't get rid of dirty thoughts"

A 13-year-old Norfolk boy, raped a girl, under 13, who cannot be named, on multiple occasions in Norfolk. The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, raped a 12-year-old girl over a three-month period, between January and March 2021 after he had watched pornography with others.

The teenager who was 12 at the time of the offences, appeared at Norwich Crown Court for sentence on Friday April 2nd having previously admitted to two counts of rape. Nicola May, prosecuting, explained that the first count related to a particular occasion and the second count related to further occasions.

The police were first contacted in March 2021 after the victim who also cannot be named, revealed the offences to her parents. The defendant was interviewed by police and admitted the offences.

In court

In court, the defendant said that after watching pornography with others, he started having "dirty thoughts" and "couldn't get rid of them". Andrew Oliver, mitigating, said the defendant admitted the offence to both his mother and the police. He added that the defendant told him it had been a “terrible mistake” and wanted to tell the victim he was “really sorry” for what he did.

The verdict

Judge Alice Robinson said the fact he admitted the offence was in his favour but added that sex was something that should not be happening among people under 16 and only if "both people agree" in the case of those over that age. The youth was given a 12-month referral order which means that he must comply with the instructions of the Youth Offending Team (YOT) and must sign on the sex offenders register for the next two-and-a-half years. He was also made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) until 2027. As part of the SHPO, he can no longer attend an educational establishment without the school safeguarding lead and teacher responsible for his education having knowledge of his conviction and SHPO.