Sex assault victim was 14

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The mother of a girl who was sexually assaulted in an isolated caravan when she was just 14 has spoken of the families’ relief that the court case is finally over.

The girl was attacked and sexually assaulted by a teenager while two of his friends looked on laughing.

The girl’s mum said: “We are just relieved that it is over and we hope that lessons have been learnt.

“The ordeal and the length of time it took has been horrendous for the family.”

The court heard that John Patrick Hoey, 19, and his friends went with the girl to the caravan late at night where he committed the act.

Moments later he asked her to record a video message on his mobile phone saying she had given permission.

James Doran,17, also touched the girl in the caravan.But when she refused to commit a sex act he did not pursue the matter.

The third teenager in the caravan took no part in either offence and sat watching and playing on his phone.

John Patrick Hoey, 19, of Green Lane, Morecambe, admitted a charge of sexual activity with a female child under 16 years of age when he appeared at Preston Crown Court.

Sentencing Hoey, of Green Lane, Morecambe to 42 months in prison, Judge Byrne said: “This girl was inexperienced and the defendant wilfully led her on.”

Doran, who it was claimed had not known the girl was only 14, was said to be “sexually naive” and did not pose any significant risk to the public.

James Doran, 17, of Oxcliffe Road, Morecambe, who witnessed the incident and then admitted an offence with the same girl, was given a youth rehabilitation order and told by Judge Michael Byrne: “You are very fortunate that you will not lose your liberty.”

Doran was also sentenced to 60 hours unpaid work.

Judge Byrne said the girl, who told her family when she got home, had since needed counselling. “She finds it difficult to be on her own with boyfriends, has lost her confidence and finds it difficult trusting anyone any more.

“As a result of this incident she has been subjected to bullying at school. There has been a marked impact on and a deterioration in her school work.

Her mother finds it very upsetting and has herself suffered a lack of confidence and also anxiety about her daughter.”

The court was told both the teenagers had been of previous good character and had no convictions.