Teen rapist spared jail

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A WIGAN teenager who raped a 12-year-old schoolgirl has been spared jail.

The 17-year-old boy, who is from Aspull but cannot be named for legal reasons, was handed a two-year supervision order and placed on the sex offenders’ register during a hearing at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday.

He had previously pleaded guilty to raping the youngster, whose identity can not be revealed.

The victim’s grandmother today called for tougher punishment and expressed fears that he may target other young girls in the future.

She said: “I would have liked to have seen a tougher punishment. This sentence isn’t enough to deter him from doing this again.

“My granddaughter was barely past her 12th birthday and at that age she didn’t know what she was doing.

“We’re still not sure of exactly what went on and we don’t know if he’s talked her into it.

“There has been a great deal of upset caused over this. He is much older than the child is and should have known that what he was doing was wrong.”

The girl was initially too traumatised to talk to anyone about the incident, which took place in October, but found the courage to report the rape after an interview with social services.

Her grandmother says the victim’s family have been trying to offer support after her behaviour was affected following the attack.

She added: “My granddaughter has had to deal with a lot of problems and her behaviour has changed drastically since this happened.

“At first she wouldn’t say anything about it and we had no idea what she’d gone through.

“She was bottling it all up inside and it only came to light through social services. It’s a relief that she didn’t have to go through a trial.

“It wouldn’t have been good to make her go through the evidence in court, especially after what she has already been through.

“Her friend would also have had to give evidence in court too which would be stressful for any young person.”