Man who sexually assaulted 8-yr-old boy and his younger sister over 18 months freed after just 3 weeks in prison
The family said that they will now have to explain to their children, who are now aged 11 and 13, that they might run into their assaulter soon
A teenage rapist was freed just three weeks after being sentenced to a year in prison for sexually abusing two children. The victims' family is horrified by the news as they are afraid they'll bump into him in their local village.
Reports state that the two children, one boy and a girl, were consistently abused by the man, who is now eighteen. The children were attacked when they were just five and eight years old during games of "murder in the dark," according to the Daily Mail.
The family reported the teenager after they got to know about the abuse and took comfort in the news that he was sentenced to a year in prison and was subjected to a restraining order. He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender's Register. However, just weeks later, the ruling was overturned.
The decision has left the family outraged as the man who "ruined their lives" was freed just after three weeks of serving his sentence. The family reportedly said that the justice system has failed them utterly.
3 weeks for raping children, 8 years for double-blind ungoodthinkful thought crime! "Now look at the sick society...* https://t.co/icY3zTNF8B— Nick Griffin (@NickGriffinBU) December 25, 2018
A judge, on August 14 this year, had said that the man had caused "untold damage" to the children with repeated attacks on them when he was aged 13, between 2013 and 2014, possibly longer, according to reports. It is believed that the abuse occurred for over 18 months, however, the courts could only prove nine months of it. The judge's decision was eventually overturned on appeal on September 7.
The family said that they will now have to explain to their children, who are now aged 11 and 13, that they might face their assaulter soon.
The children's mother, whose name has not been revealed to protect the children's identities, said: "It was of the worst kind of abuse in the end. He got progressively more brave as the weeks went by. It was a weekly occurrence. We were close friends with his parents and we would often take turns for meals at each others' houses. The children would go off and play Murder in the Dark. Unbeknownst to me, he was individually taking the children away and carrying out his abuse. He was very clever — he was always 'the finder'. That way he knew how much time he had."
Reports state that the family came to know of the abuse when their young son took sex education classes at school and eventually came home and spoke to his mother about what had happened to him. The mother described that moment as a "night of hell." When the mother spoke to her daughter, asking if anything similar had happened to her, she broke down in tears.
"My children did not know the other one was being abused. He would take them away one at a time. My daughter was hysterical when she told me the extent of what he'd done to her. We know for sure my daughter was five when it started. She recounted two birthdays, police could verify the times and dates. We are just devastated. As a parent, it's one of the worst things you can ever go through. Up there with your children being kidnapped," the mother continued.
"He used a position of power. He threatened them. He was predatory. I've heard people defend it and say because he was young himself — it was 'experimentation'. This is someone who enticed my five-year-old daughter — who believed in the tooth fairy — into doing sexual acts and keeping it a secret. He took her innocence — he has left them with life trauma — he does three weeks in prison. It makes no sense. We are trying to come to terms with it. My daughter carries a huge amount of embarrassment, she's uncomfortable talking to me. My son wants to expose him to everyone because he's so angry. We are trying to get therapy for them both and it's a long winded process," she added.