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Boy, 14, sentenced for sex abuse

A 14-year-old boy has been given a three year supervision order after sexually abusing two 10-year-old boys in Wiltshire.

The boy, from Wootton Bassett, committed the offences when aged 13. He cannot be named for legal reasons.

The sexual assaults, which took place in the bedroom of one of the boys, happened between January and May 2008.

The judge said he chose a supervision order due to the boy's previous good character and admission of the charges.

Judge Douglas Field, who sentenced the teenager at Swindon Crown Court, highlighted the young age of all concerned as the major factor in this case.

'Lost innocence'

Victim impact statements were read to the court by the prosecuting counsel, including statements from each of the younger boys' mothers.

One of the mothers said that this experience had been "absolute agony" for her son, who has since received counselling for post traumatic stress disorder.

The other mother spoke of her pride at her son's willingness to testify about what had happened. She described her son as a sensitive boy who had "lost his innocence".

Judge Field said of the teenage boy, that although he recognised that the older boy was 13 at the time, he called him a "young 13 year old".

He said he had chosen a three-year supervision order because of the boy's previously good character, and willingness to admit to the charges, and his willingness to comply with the legal process.

The judge added that because of the severe restrictions placed upon the boy, and his daily routines, he felt that after three years he would not be a sexual risk to anyone.

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