December 2017

Teen sex beast exposed

THIS is the baby-faced teen sex beast who raped three girls, including one of just 11-years-old.

Liam Hanratty attacked the youngster and others aged 13 and 16 after grooming them online.

The predator — serving six years for the vile crimes — can be named as a court ban on revealing his identity expired when he turned 18.

One of his victim’s relatives welcomed the move and said the public were entitled to know what he did.

They added: “He deserves to be named and shamed.

“Why should he be able to put what he did behind him when his victims aren’t able to?

“This had a huge effect on the girls.

“They’re still dealing with the trauma and getting counselling.”

Hanratty was 16 when he struck in Dumfries, Scotland, last year.

He was convicted at the High Court in Glasgow in August but we couldn’t name him because he was 17.

The relative added: “His sentence was far too lenient.

“But now people know who he is, they can be on guard for when he’s released.”

Hanratty targeted victims on Facebook and Snapchat.

The girl of 16 told his trial she shouted “No” as he forced himself on her.

She added: “I was crying my eyes out and screaming.”

Two of the attacks happened in a house in the town and another in a shed.

Judge Lord Arthurson told Hanratty — whose previous convictions include assault and possession of a knife — he’ll be on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

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