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Coventry teenager. 19, who raped girl, 12, is jailed

Editorial Correspondent 26th Dec, 2019 Updated: 10th Jan, 2020

A COVENTRY teenager who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl and raped her by making her perform a sex act on him has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

But a judge has told Kyle Rowley that, because he is classed as ‘an offender of particular concern,’ he will not be automatically released after serving half his sentence.

Rowley (19) of Fulmar Close, Aldermans Green, Coventry, had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to three charges of sexual assault and two of rape.

Jailing him, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano also ordered him to register as a sex offender for life and impose a restraining order banning him from contacting the girl for ten years.

Prosecutor Rupert Jones said the victim was a 12-year-old girl who he had sexually abused on three occasions.

On the first occasion he had kissed her, before getting her to perform a sex act on him which, because of her age, is classed as rape.

On the second occasion she was with an older girl, and he kissed them both before asking the other girl if he could perform a sex act with her, before turning his attention to the 12-year-old.

And on a further occasion when he saw the 12-year-old he touched her over her clothing, and again got her to perform a sex act on him.

Rowley’s barrister said that after he had entered his pleas the case had been adjourned for a psychiatric assessment to be carried out.

“He is said to lack social maturity, and he does present as somebody who is immature and who finds it difficult to communicate with people.

“He is not making friends in custody, and he has been beaten up. He has been in custody since August, and he is very lonely.

“He clearly needs to be punished, but he also needs a great deal of work with his personal development. The effect a lengthy custodial sentence will have on him is a concern,” the barrister added.

Sentencing him, Judge de Bertodano explained that because of the age of his victim, he had to be classed as ‘an offender of particular concern.’

That meant he will only be released after serving half his sentence if the Parole Board considers it safe to do so, and once released he will be on licence for the rest of the period and for an additional 12 months.

The judge told him: “These are serious offences because when you behave in this way towards a very young girl like this, you can have effects on her that last throughout her life.

“Something that seems perhaps not to take very great importance in your own life is absolutely bound to become a very large part of her history.

“I have read a lot about you. You clearly have had your struggles in life. It is clear from everything I have read your level of maturity is rather less than your age of 19, but you clearly know that what you did was wrong.

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