Schoolboy rapist back on Sunderland streets

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A SCHOOLBOY rapist is back on the streets after serving less than half his sentence.

Worried neighbours of the young attacker hit out at the decision to free him, warning they did not want him back living in their community.

The boy, dubbed Child X, was just 11-year’s-old when he subjected a nine-year-old to a sexual assault.

The now-13-year-old was due to be considered for parole later this week, but was released early for his “continuing good behaviour” behind bars.

Residents living in the area where Child X grew up have today told of their fear after hearing he is free.

A relative of the attacker, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “People are terrified round here, absolutely terrified.

“I think he is pure evil. To do the things he’s done, there’s got to be something wrong with him.

“I read the full report after the investigation and it’s disgusting.”

Child X lured his victim into a bedroom with the promise of playing Pokemon games in June 2009. Once inside, he subjected him to the terrifying rape.

In November 2009, he was sent to a detention centre for four-and-a-half years after admitting the attack.

A serious case review was published in June this year and revealed a catalogue of failings by Sunderland City Council that led to the youngster slipping through the net.

The Echo understands the boy is currently being housed in a facility where he will be strictly monitored.

Although he is not allowed to enter the area where he grew up, and where his mum still lives, residents are still concerned that he might try to return.

One 78-year-old neighbour said: “Nobody round here wants him back, not after what he did it’s terrible.

“It doesn’t seem like two minutes since he went away so I doubt he will have changed much.

“What happened has stayed with the people living round here so there’s a lot of disgust at the fact he’s out now.”

Another 67-year-old added: “If he dared to come around here and anyone saw him they’d be on the phone to the police straight away but with the winter coming who knows what does on after dark.

“I don’t know what he’ll be like now. I don’t know if he will come out even worse than before or whether it will have learnt him something.”

A mum-of-two added: “He was always out playing round the back with other children, it’s frightening to think what was going on.

“I’ve got two young children and things like this change you as a parent. I’m more wary of letting them out to play with kids I don’t know now.

“We’re worried he might come back here but there will be trouble if he does because there are a lot of upset and angry people.”

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