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Bradford teenager admits rape of boy, six, in Brighouse
A 13-year-old boy has been warned by a judge he may be locked up for raping a boy aged six.
The teenager, who cannot be named, admitted raping the child in Rastrick, Brighouse, on January 13.
He denied a second charge of raping the same little boy on the same date.
Prosecutor Sophie Drake said the pleas were acceptable to the Crown, given the young age of the victim and the defendant himself.
The teenager sat at the back of Bradford Crown Court, in front of the dock, next to his mother.
Judge Peter Benson, Miss Drake and defence counsel Tamara Pawson all removed their wigs for the short hearing yesterday.
The 13-year-old, who is living in the Bradford area, wore a black casual shirt.
He admitted rape and Miss Pawson asked for the case to be adjourned for the preparation of probation and psychological reports.
She told the court the teenager had a social worker.
Judge Benson said: “I think it is very important that a psychological report is prepared as soon as possible.”
He allowed the boy’s bail to continue until the sentencing hearing on October 11.
Judge Benson warned the teenager the one condition of his bail was that he did not contact his victim.
The judge added: “I have to say to you, I am afraid, that this is a very serious matter and the court will be considering all sentencing options, including custody.”
The boy was ordered to sign on the sex offenders’ register, meaning he must now notify the police where he is going to live.
Miss Drake said all defendants convicted of similar sexual offences had to sign on to the register and there was no age limit.
“The length of the order will depend on the length of the sentence passed in due course,” Miss Drake told the court.
The teenager’s mother was visibly upset when she left the courtroom with her son.
When the case first came to the Crown Court, at the end of July, it was listed for a three-day trial starting on September 2. The court was told at that hearing that the victim had given the police a video interview giving his account of what had happened to him.