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    A 12-year-old boy has been found guilty in a court in northern England of raping a six-year-old boy.

    A jury at Liverpool Crown Court unanimously convicted the youngster after a three-day trial.

    The boy, from nearby Wigan, was convicted of two rape offences, two of inciting the boy to engage in sexual activity and one of sexually assaulting the boy.

    He was cleared of two other rape offences and one charge of incitement.

    Judge Gerald Clifton warned the schoolboy he could face a custodial sentence.

    "I don't know how serious you think the case is but it is serious," Judge Clifton said.

    "You have to appreciate that and I may have to send you away from home."

    The prosecuting lawyer said during the trial that the offences occurred between May and September 2004 when the defendant was 11 years old.

    Judge Clifton adjourned sentencing until October 17 to allow psychiatric and pre-sentence reports to be drawn up.

    - AFP

    Dave R.
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