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Abuse Turned Boy Into Rapist

A 12-YEAR-OLD Brisbane boy who became a sexual predator after suffering more than a year of serious abuse at the hands of two pedophiles was yesterday sentenced in the Brisbane Children's Court to detention and three years' probation.
The boy, now aged 13, pleaded guilty last month to four counts of rape against his younger sisters between December 2003 and April 2004 and the unlawful carnal knowledge of a 13-year-old blind girl in the grounds of a southside high school in June 2004.
The court heard the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been abused by two pedophiles almost daily for 18 months after he came to their attention as a 10-year-old at a local library and was lured back to their home with the promise of a BMX bike.
The boy was used as a "rent boy" by the 50-year-old man and his 29-year-old partner, and was paid up to $100 to perform or allow various sexual acts including sodomy, group sex and oral sex. He was filmed while engaging in these activities.
The men, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court last month to 10 offences against five boys committed between 1995 and 2004.
This included two counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a child, which can attract a life sentence.
The men's offences came to light only after the boy was investigated by police for the offences against his sisters.
Judge Ian Wylie last week sentenced the 50-year-old man to 10 years' jail and the 29-year-old man to 11 years' jail.
Yesterday the Brisbane Children's Court was told the boy, who has been in detention since June 2004, had responded well to therapy for depression and anxiety, but would need complicated and detailed therapy.
The court heard the boy was "sexually precocious and sophisticated" and medical experts said there was a moderate to high risk he would re-offend if he were not treated.
Defence barrister Renae Kirk said her client, who would be under the care of the Department of Child Safety for at least the next two years, had accepted responsibility for his actions.
Ms Kirk also said the boy would continue schooling through Distance Education and would complete a program specifically designed for childhood sexual offenders. There also were hopes he would undergo supervised re-integration with his family.
Judge Milton Griffin said that this was an "extraordinary" case that demonstrated the " results" of behaviour learnt at the hands of pedophiles, and it was "the worst sort of case" he had seen in his legal experience.
Judge Griffin said that the teenager's rehabilitation must be considered a "very high priority" but it also had to be balanced against the need to protect the community. Judge Griffin sentenced the boy to three years' probation and 607 days' detention, but declared that 415 days had already been served.
No convictions were recorded.

The Courier Mail (16--8-2005)
Leanne Edmistone

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