Cyprus Mail

Teen jailed for sexual harassment of minor

By Constantinos Psillides

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy has been sentenced by the Paphos District Court to 12 months in jail for sexually harassing a 13-year-old girl along with two friends.

The 17-year-old boy admitted to forcing the 13-year-old girl – who suffers from a mild intellectual disability – to perform oral sex on him and two of his friends near a church in Paphos on September 2012.

The 17-year-old forced the girl to commit the act by threatening her with a recording of her performing oral sex on one of his friends three months earlier, in June 2012.

In November 2012 the principal of the school she went to was informed that a video showing the girl performing oral sex was being shared around. The girl told the principal that she did it the first time “because she was in love” and then felt forced into doing again because she was embarrassed.

In handing out the verdict, the district judge noted that the 17-year-old had a very troubled childhood. According to the court’s decision, the boy’s biological parents never really took care of him and he was put in foster care after he threatened to leave home and kill himself. He currently lives with foster parents with five children in a four bedroom house and according to the court is “feeling the loving, family feeling he so longed to feel since he was a child”.

Despite the boy’s family background, the judge pointed out that sexually harassing a minor is a major offence and that the 17-year-old’s actions “resulted in the humiliation of the girl while her dignity was irrevocably damaged”.

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