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Sunderland boy, 11, sexually touched toddler on Christmas Eve

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A SCHOOLBOY has been found guilty of sexually touching a two-year-old girl.

The 12-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denied the offence but was found guilty after a trial at Sunderland Youth Court.

The court heard that the youngster, who was 11 at the time, put his hand between the toddler’s legs when she was not wearing any underwear last Christmas Eve.

The boy was caught by his foster carer who told the court the girl had taken her off underwear, after an accident while she was being potty trained. The carer said: “At first I could not believe what was actually happening. My mind could not take in the sight that was before me.

“This was just seconds, then I said, what are you doing and he chucked her off his knee.

“He got up from the chair and ran to the front door and ran out, saying ‘I was not touching her’.

“I know what I saw. I can still see it now when I close my eyes.”

After being confronted, the boy ran out of the house and was arrested in the street by police.

Prosecutor Janice Bellamy said the boy told an officer that he touched the girl “once, quickly in the privates”.

Pc Chris Martin recorded the comment in his pocket notebook, which he showed to the court.

But the boy insisted that he referred to the bottom area as “privates”. Accompanied in court by his mother and a social worker, he told District Judge Helen Cousins that he knew the difference between truth and 
lies.

He claimed he was lifting the girl onto his knee and had put one hand on her bottom to steady her. He denied his foster carer saw his victim’s dress pulled above her waist.

Defending him, George Tilley said the boy was picking up the girl and admitted his hand was close to her, but said it was not between her legs.

The court heard that the boy was now being looked after by foster carers out of the Sunderland area.

Finding him guilty after a three-hour trial, District Judge Cousins adjourned sentencing for reports to be prepared.

He was released on unconditional bail until a second hearing on June 26.

 
 
 

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