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Boy Who Raped His Sister Will Return To Family
A 12-year-old boy who raped his seven-year-old sister after watching hardcore pornography on the internet has walked free from court.
He had apparently seen porn on an Xbox games console at a friend's house and this had led to a "sexual conversation" with his friends.
The youngster then gained a "desire to try it out" and he committed a number of sexual offences against his sister.
The boy, now 13, pleaded guilty to one count of rape, two counts of indecent assault and one count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
The offences happened between March and May last year but they did not come to light until last autumn.
In a statement, the offender who attended court with his father and a social worker said he was "disgusted" with his actions and promised it would not happen again.
Social workers will now work with the boy to return him to the family home in the next few months.
The girl said she was "sad" at what her sibling had done but she wanted him to come home because she loved him and missed playing games with him.
Sentencing him at Blackburn Youth Court, District Judge James Prowse said he thought it "highly improbable" the boy would reoffend in this way.
He imposed a 12-month referral order as he followed the recommendations of a Youth Offending Team.
The youngster would also be placed on the sex offenders register for two-and-a-half years.
The judge said detaining him would "tear the family apart" and expose him to "hardened and sophisticated" youth offenders.
Under a referral order, the child is ordered to appear before a referral order panel accompanied by a parent.
And it aims to prevent re-offending by ensuring the person is made aware of the impact and consequences of his criminal activity.
Judge Prowse said the order would be "intense" and was specifically tailored to deal with last year's events.
He said it would be "a tough haul" for his parents, who were also confronting the abuse of their daughter, but he said he felt they were "going to get there".
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