A TEENAGE boy has been locked up for eight years and three months after a string of sex attacks against five other children.
The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of raping four boys aged 13 or under and three further sexual offences.
The boy was aged between 11 and 13 when he carried out 12 rapes against four victims and sexually assaulted another child.
A sentencing hearing at Bradford Crown Court was told his victims had suffered severe psychological trauma following their ordeals.
A victim impact statement from one of boy's parents said he is still suffering flashbacks and no longer wants to be cuddled by his family.
Prosecutor Peter Hampton added another of the victims now has sleeping difficulties.
The court was told the offender had a troubled upbringing and was regularly exposed to pornography as a child.
Sentencing, Judge Jonathan Rose said an adult defendant would have faced a minimum sentence of 20 years behind bars.
He told the teenager he had intimidated victims into not reporting his crimes and not seeking other forms of help.
Judge Rose said: "You knew from the outset that what you were doing was wrong and unlawful and realised the harm, distress and physical pain you were causing."
Speaking about the victims, he added: "So far as these children are concerned, each of them, they have shown remarkable courage and the court should not pass by this case without reminding itself how young these boys were when they made the report in the first place.
"They have shown remarkable courage. They have answered the questions asked of them and they are to be commended for that."
As well as being sentenced to eight years and three months detention, the teenager will also be placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely following his release.
He will also be handed an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting any of his victims or going within a specific area.
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