15-year-old on trial for alleged rape of care worker

PUBLISHED: 14:22 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:44 15 June 2010

A teenager in care subjected his support worker to a night time rape ordeal in her car at an isolated spot near Honiton. Exeter Crown Court heard the 15year-old, who already has a conviction for assaulting another care worker at a previous home, and th

A teenager in care subjected his support worker to a night time rape ordeal in her car at an isolated spot near Honiton.

Exeter Crown Court heard the 15year-old, who already has a conviction for assaulting another care worker at a previous home, and the woman were driving back to the residential care home after a go-karting expedition to North Devon.

He threatened the woman, who was driving, and told her to stop the car in a layby. He then got on top of her in the passenger seat but was so inept that she had to help him take her clothes off. She was later to tell police that she had done this because of his threatening manner and the fact that she "just wanted it all to be over".

Prosecutor Richard Crabb said, when the youth did not manage to complete the sex act, he forced the woman to perform oral sex on her in the driver's seat before raping her again in the passenger seat.

The prosecutor said the victim was so terrified that she even offered to take the teenager to a massage parlour and pay for a prostitute. But that did not save her from the rape ordeal, which went on for some time.

After he had finished, the 15-year-old told the victim: "I can't let you go because you will tell the police and I will be sent to prison."

Mr Crabb said that frightened the care worker even more and she told the youth: "It is all right. I will say it was my fault. I am not going to the police, no one will ever know."

The jury heard that seemed to placate the defendant who allowed the woman to drive him into a nearby town. She managed to escape from the vehicle and tried to flag down two passing motorists without success. She then ran into The Carlton Inn, Honiton, in a distraught condition and the police were called.

The teenager was later discovered hiding in wardrobe back at his care home after he caught a cab and used £10 the woman had given him to pay the fare.

When he was interviewed later, the defendant agreed with what the woman had said as far as the facts of the rapes were concerned but asserted that she had consented to what had happened. He went as far as to suggest that it was all her idea.

"It is absolutely clear that she was not consenting," said Mr Crabb. "There were threats of violence and she made it clear she was not agreeing to what had occurred."

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty to three charges of rape and the trial continues.

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