An 11-year-old boy has admitted raping a nine-year-old boy – making him the youngest convicted male-on-male rapist in the country.
The lad raped the younger boy on 15 occasions and was caught when the victim’s mum heard whispering over a baby monitor.
He also sexually assaulted a seven-year-old boy and twice sexually assaulted an 11-year-old disabled boy.
The youngster, now 12, from North Shore, who can not be identified for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to one offence of raping a boy of nine on no less than 15 occasions, and three offences of sexual touching.
He was committed in youth custody to appear for sentence on October 26 at Preston Crown Court by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
Kerry Grieve, prosecuting, said the offences took place between April last year and August this year in the resort.
On May 29 this year, the defendant was playing with a boy in his bedroom when his mother heard whispering over the baby monitor.
She walked into the bedroom to find the defendant raping her son on the bedroom floor.
The court heard the defendant told her: “I’m sorry I don’t know why I did it.”
The victim was interviewed and told police interviewers the defendant raped him almost every day they played together. The defendant also told him to keep what was happening a secret.
Inquiries then revealed the defendant had sexually touched a seven-year-old boy over his clothing.
The defendant was on bail when he twice sexually touched an 11-year-old disabled boy over his trousers. The victim said the defendant had given him a sword afterwards.
The prosecutor said: “He has been assessed as at a high risk of joining in further sexual behaviour. He used some grooming of the other boys. The crown would say a custodial sentence is appropriate in this case.”
Brett Chappell, defending, described the case as tragic for everyone and said the boy had been the victim of sexual abuse himself some years ago.
He had pleaded guilty immediately and shown a sense of shame and remorse. He recognised he needed help for his problems.”