Schoolboy who 'copied internet porn' spared prison in rape case

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Calls for 'opt-in' control on web pornography as court hears 12-year-old had 'unfettered access' to explicit sites

LAST UPDATED AT 08:48 ON Fri 1 Jun 2012

A 12-YEAR-OLD schoolboy who raped and sexually assaulted a nine-year-old girl after viewing hardcore pornography on the internet has been spared a custodial sentence.

The judge, Lady Smith, was told by the boy's defence counsel Sean Templeton at the High Court in Edinburgh that the boy had had "unfettered" access to explicit hardcore internet pornography in the period leading up to the assault, The Guardian reports.

Templeton told the court that the boy was emulating what he had seen on the internet, and that the case could be "the tip of the iceberg" as many other cases may not have been reported or identified. He said it was a great concern that children were getting their sex education through internet pornography.

This was a disturbing case that has raised fresh concerns about the sexualisation of children, says the Daily Mail. Templeton said in court: "There is a real risk that young people are growing up with a skewed view of what sex is and sexual activity.

"This was an emulation of an adult act witnessed by him at this young age. He was afforded unfettered access to the internet and it has become apparent from a very young age, the age of 12, he was accessing hard-core pornography."

The case, on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, came to light when the young victim felt ill and told her mother she feared there was "a baby in my tummy". Asked if something had happened to her, she became hysterical before revealing what the boy had done.

Police discovered the girl had been sexually assaulted a number of times in a shed in the garden of her home between 1 December, 2010 and 31 January 2011. The boy, who lived next door, also abused the girl in his bedroom in front of a 12-year-old friend.

When he was interviewed by police the boy pointed out the sites he had viewed and when asked why he had copied them, he answered "temptation" and "to feel grown up".
 
Anne Houston, chief executive of the Children 1st charity, said the case illustrated the importance of blocking children's access to hardcore pornography on the internet. "It's everyone's responsibility to protect children and young people from the potential risks," she said.

"Internet providers play a huge role in supporting families to achieve this and we would support recent calls for them to block inappropriate websites unless an adult has legally opted in to view content."
 
Earlier this year Prime Minister David Cameron signalled his support for a web clampdown on extreme images, and called for a ban to protect children unless adults "opt in" online.
 
Reg Bailey, the head of the Mothers' Union, was commissioned by Downing Street last year to hold a review of the sexualisation and commercialisation of children. He recommended the "active choice" compromise for web services. He drew on evidence that when parents had to make this decision it also prompted conversations about what they needed to do to keep their children safe online.
 
A group of MPs, led by Conservative Claire Perry, has called on ministers to go further. Perry said: "If British Internet Service Providers introduced 'opt-in', we would be the first country in the world to have such a system.

"We led the world on blocking child abuse imagery. The time for hand-wringing is past and the time for common sense solutions is here. We have got to act." · 

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Before the Internet, 12year olds could get a VHS Blue movie but didn't turn into rapists. This boy is sick by nature NOT the Internet

 Technology changes. I wonder if VHS might have turned 12 year olds into rapists?

MoralCompass - back in the day, blue movie videos were far less explicit than the porn available on the internet and, in Britain, had by law to have a plot. The scenes on the internet are not just sex, but often with a sadistic, misogynist element that the woman/girl is often pictured enjoying. In a sense this boy was hit by the bus - but his victim was hit by a fleet of them.

btw if you had found yourself exposed to this rot at the age of 12, could you have controlled yourself?

like Ellen answered I cant believe that someone can profit $7984 in four weeks on the computer. have you seen this website 

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