The boy, who is from Plymouth in Devon but now lives in Cornwall, was found with images on his mobile phone following the assaults. He was sentenced at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court today to a 12-month intensive referral order and was put on the sex offenders’ register for two–and-a-half years.
He will work with experts to improve his behaviour and will also be supervised using the internet.
The youngster was told by judge Diane Baker “I know a lot about what has happened in your life and your mum’s life in the past and the difficulties you faced and the confusion you face now about how you wish to lead your life.
“But what you did was so serious and so damaging to your little sister. “She was nine-years-old – she does not understand about those things and you hurt her so seriously that that will last with her for the whole of her life.
“If you were older, I’m telling you now you would be serving a sentence of detention – that’s like prison. But you were only 11.”
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was supported by his mother and foster mother. His mother said she was happy he was getting the help and support needed.
Judge Baker also said that she wanted social services to make sure the boy had access to “male influences in his life”.
She said to him: “Do you promise me that you’re going to work with everybody and this is not going to happen again? How do you feel about going back to school?”
The boy, who spoke in a quiet, mumbled tone, replied: “I’m happy to go back to school and make friends.”
The judge added: “I know it must be tough for you not to see your brothers and sisters but that’s going to have to remain until it’s safe.” She told him he would have to carry out the intensive referral order or come back to court.