October 2009

Youth convicted of rape aged 13

A teenager who raped a 14-year-old girl when he was aged 13 has been ordered to be detained for three-and-a-half years.

Ryan Brown, 16, from Langholm, was convicted at the High Court in Glasgow of raping one girl and indecently assaulting two other 14-year-olds.

The offences, which he denied, were committed between August and December 2007 in the Dumfriesshire area.

Temporary judge John Beckett QC said there was no alternative to a custodial sentence to protect the public.

The court heard that Brown carried out the rape while the girl was drunk.

He also assaulted his other victims after they had been drinking.

Temporary judge Beckett told Brown he took into account the fact that he was just 13 when he carried out the rape and 14 when he committed the indecent assaults.

He said he also recognised that Brown had no previous convictions and came from a “stable and supportive background”.

The judge added: “Not a great deal of force was used in these crimes and the victims did not report them until months later.

“However, you took advantage of a girl who was 14 and defenceless or almost defenceless through alcohol and you would not take no for an answer.

“The two indecent assaults were on two defenceless girls who had consumed alcohol.”

He said a custodial sentence was the only option to deter Brown from repeating the offences and to protect the public.

He also ordered Brown to be monitored in the community for 18 months after his release from detention and referred him to Scottish ministers as a person unfit to work with children.

Solicitor advocate Bill McVicar told the court: “Mr Brown continues to deny committing these offences.

“Experts say he presents a moderate risk of similar sexual offending.”