Teen locked up for sex assaults

PUBLISHED: 16:21 03 May 2007 | UPDATED: 10:21 31 May 2010

A SIXTEEN-year-old Saffron Walden boy has been locked up by a judge for a series of sex assaults on two young girls. The teenager pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday to raping an 11-year-old girl and three charges of sexually touching her.

A SIXTEEN-year-old Saffron Walden boy has been locked up by a judge for a series of sex assaults on two young girls.

The teenager pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday to raping an 11-year-old girl and three charges of sexually touching her. He also admitted four other charges of sexually touching a six-year-old girl.

The juvenile, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was made the subject of a Detention and Training Order for 18 months.

He was also place on the Sex Offenders' Register for five years.

Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC told the boy "You knew what you did was both morally wrong and legally wrong, yet you flouted the law and interfered sexually with two young girls.

"You did all this, presumably, because you thought you could get away with it. You didn't fear the consequence in terms of conscience or in terms of the law."

Judge Goldstaub said in passing sentence he took into account the boy's guilty pleas, the fact that he had no previous convictions and that he had now expressed shame at what he had done."

The court heard the offences occurred in the Saffron Walden area between March and September last year.

Chester Beyts, defending, said the boy was "an immature young man" who had led a somewhat sheltered life.

"He fully accepted that what he did was wrong. He has brought catastrophe upon himself," said Mr Beyts.

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