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Sexual Offences Where the Suspect was Under 16 Since 2011

Question

Please could you give me figures of how many sexual offences crimes were recorded where the suspects were under 16 in the past five years

-with a yearly breakdown

-breakdown of 0-10yrs old (with youngest age named), 11-12yrs, 13-15yrs

-breakdown for sexting, sexual assault, rape

-breakdown of male and female

-how many charges were brought, and of these how many led to convictions?

Answer

Please see the requested information below. We have provided the number of sexual assaults offences and the number of rape offences. In relation to the number of ‘sexting’ offences, please note that as there is no specific crime category of sexting, the figure below relates to the number of sexual of offence reports where the term ‘sexting’ has been recorded in the MO (Modus Operandi) or the summary. These figures are in addition to the sexual assault and rape figures.

Offence

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Total

Rape

41

61

63

65

64

36

330

Sexual Assault

81

57

76

114

109

61

498

Sexting

0

0

0

0

0

4

4

Total

122

118

139

179

173

101

832

Children under the age of ten are not considered to have reached an age where they can be held responsible for their crimes. Because they are under the age of criminal responsibility they cannot be charged with any criminal offence. No child under the age of ten shall be guilty of a crime; however they can still commit an offence or be suspected of committing an offence which will be recorded.

Suspect Age Range

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Total

0-10

10

8

20

32

21

10

101

11-12

24

27

22

44

37

18

172

13-15

88

83

97

103

115

73

559

Total

122

118

139

179

173

101

832

Youngest age recorded – 4 years old. 

Suspect Gender

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Total

Male

121

113

134

167

158

95

784

Female

1

0

4

8

13

6

32

Unknown/Not   recorded

0

5

1

4

2

4

16

Total

122

118

139

179

173

101

832

Please note that in respect of the above figures for the suspect ages and genders, one individual could be the suspect for more than one offence.

A total of 117 charges/summonses are recorded against the above offences.

FOI reference: 1475/16.

Date of request: 05.12.16.