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Uttoxeter teenager in court for sexually touching friend

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

By Jenny Moody

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A 'VULNERABLE' teenager sexually assaulted his friend and asked a 13-year-old girl to send him indecent pictures.

The 14-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted before Burton Youth Court intentionally sexually touching a boy of 13 on September 19, 2013, and inciting a girl of 13 to engage in sexual activity on September 27, 2013. Both incidents occurred in Kent.

Andrew Bodger, prosecuting, said the two boys had been in the back of a taxi together returning from school, where they had been chatting away.

The teenager, who is from Uttoxeter, then kissed the victim and touched him intimately.

He was asked to stop by the victim but he carried on. The victim told his mother what had happened as he knew it was wrong.

The defendant was friends with his second victim on Facebook when he sent her pictures of naked women and lewd images of himself.

He then asked for her to send him indecent images of herself and asked if he could commit a sexual act on her. The girl said she was 'embarrassed' by the messages and 'felt awkward'.

In police interview he admitted touching his friend but said he was not asked to stop and did apologised for his actions.

He said he messaged the girl 'because he was bored' and he knew that it was wrong.

However, because of his personal difficulties and he was smiling in the interview, it was not felt that he had fully understood what was going on and a 'careful review' was undertaken by the CPS before it was decided whether further action should be taken.

District judge Morris Cooper told Mark Aspden, defending, that he did not need to go into detail about the problems experienced by the youngster as a detailed report had been prepared so it did not need to be said in open court.

He said that the information could be damaging to the youth.

Mr Cooper said: "All courts follow guidelines but I cannot follow them in this case. Firstly because of his age but far more than that because he has particular problems himself which render him vulnerable.

"He is at least as vulnerable, if not more, than the victims of these crimes brought before the court.

"I am very grateful to the youth offending team for a very thorough report and I will deal with the case the way they have suggested."

The teenager was handed a one year referral order and a £15 victim surcharge.

The judge added that it would not be appropriate to order for court costs to be paid in this case.

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