A boy who was convicted of sexually abusing his 9-year-old sister when he was just 11 has become Britain's youngest convicted rapist.
The boy, who was left unnamed for legal reasons, received a 12-month order for intensive referral after photos of the attack on his sister were found on his phone, according to The Independent. The boy, who is now 12, reportedly admitted to two incidents of sexually abusing his sister when he was 11.
The judge's order of intensive referral means that the boy will work with counselors to prevent the behavior from happening again. The boy will also be put on the sex offender registry for two-and-a-half years. Diane Baker, the judge in the case, said that if he were older, he would have been sent to prison or juvenile detention.
"I've read all about you," Baker told the boy. "I know a lot about what has happened in your life and your mom’s life in the past and the difficulties you faced and the confusion you face now about how you wish to lead your life."
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"But what you did was so serious and so damaging to your little sister," she said. "She was 9 years old -- she does not understand about those things and you hurt her so seriously that that will last with her for the whole of her life."
"If you were older, I’m telling you now you would be serving a sentence of detention -- that’s like prison. But you were only 11."
The boy had also admitted to ejaculating during one of the incidents, which the judge described as an "aggravating factor."
"I don’t know how much detail you require from me. It is such a distressing case for all those involved," said prosecutor Emily Pitts.
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The boy will also be supervised when using the internet, Baker ordered, according to the Daily Mail. She told him that while it "must be tough" not to see any of his siblings, he would not be allowed to see them until it was "safe" to do so.
The judge told the boy that he needed to cooperate with the intensive referral order, or else come back to court. "I need to know what’s happening with this order and I need to know your behavior is improving," Baker told him.