The police in Dorset has reportedly arrested an 11-year-old boy for questioning, after he was accused of raping a seven-year-old boy who was playing outside. The rape attack happened took place in Wool, a large village in the district of Purbeck, on the evening of 14 May, close to the alleged victim’s home.
Confirming the incident, Dorset police said they were investigating and that the seven-year-old boy was being supported by specially trained officers.
“An 11-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of rape and has been released under investigation to allow officers to establish the full circumstances around the incident,” a spokeswoman said.
“Dorset Police is currently investigating a report of a rape in Wool.
“It was reported that the incident occurred on Monday, May 14, at an outside location.
The victim, a seven-year-old boy, is being supported by specially-trained officers.
“An 11-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of rape and has been released under investigation to allow officers to establish the full circumstances around the incident.” the force said.
The mother of the rape victim who spoke to newsmen, said she became suspicious after he came in “subdued and withdrawn” and with his clothes in disarray.
“Normally he’s really lively but, at the moment, he’s just really quiet and withdrawn. He’s not the same. We have been so distressed by this,” she said, according to the Dorset Echo.
She added that he had only been out of view, around a corner, for a short time. Neither of the children can be identified for legal reasons.
Few months ago, it was also reported that a 16-year-old boy was charged over the alleged rape of a four-year-old boy in a remote Northern Territory community. It is at least the second such incident in the Barkly region, after a two-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Tennant Creek last month.