A 14-year-old Brighton boy has been sentenced for the rape of a 14-year-old girl known to him.
The boy was sentenced to a two-year Youth Rehabilitation Order under youth offending team supervision. The sentence was given when he appeared at Brighton Youth Court on Monday 22 January, following being found guilty of rape following a trial in November 2017.
He was also given an educational requirement until June 2019, an activity requirement of 90 hours reparation work in the community. The perpetrator was also given a two-and-a-half-year Notification Order.
The offence took place at an address in Brighton in June 2016 when the boy was 13.
In sentencing the boy, District Judge Tessa Szagun said; “I’m mindful nothing I do will ease the profound trauma of the victim. I hope she will in time draw strength from the verdict in this trial.”
Detective Constable Leon Ryan of the Brighton Safeguarding Investigation Unit said; “The boy had become friends with the girl over a period of time. But on this occasion took advantage of her natural vulnerability to commit this very serious offence.
“We are keen to help young people avoid becoming involved with the criminal justice system wherever possible. It is still important that we take seriously and investigate reports of crime, especially those against young and vulnerable people.
“If you have been the victim of such offending or if you think it has happened to someone you know, you can contact us at any time by calling 101, or online here, and arrange to talk in confidence to experienced investigators.
“You can also access a range of other expert advice and support services online.“