HTN: Teen sentenced for bullying girls to perform sex acts for webcam

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy has been sentenced to 12 months detention for pressuring girls to perform sex acts on a webcam and posting the videos on Facebook.

In the Perth Children's Court, Judge Denis Reynolds said he wanted to give the boy the minimum sentence required to allow him to be rehabilitated.

The mother of the boy says her entire family has been ``damaged'' by his actions.

The boy previously pleaded guilty to several child exploitation offences committed over the past year.

The charges include encouraging a child over the age of 13 and under the age of 16 to do an indecent act, attempting to procure a child aged over 13 and under 16 to do an indecent act, and distributing child exploitation material, namely a digital file.

Today, his Iranian-born mother wept uncontrollably as she tried to tell the judge she was sorry for her son's behaviour.

``My son, before, he never done anything wrong,'' she said.

``I know, my family knows, but his life is already damaged.

``He says to me everyday `Mum, I'm going to jail. My life is damaged.'''

The boy's mother broke down again as she explained that she had a 14-year-old daughter and empathised with the victims.

She also said that as part of their Baha'i faith, sex was prohibited for those under the age of 18.

The boy remained quiet in the dock with his head down.

His lawyer Annie O'Neill said her client was ``sexually naive'' and inexperienced.

She said it was ``so easy'' for teenagers to use social media outlets and the internet for the wrong reasons.

The court heard the boy created a Facebook account in the name of a known bully and used the account to threaten three girls into exposing themselves and performing sex acts on a webcam.

He posted the images on Facebook for the girls' friends to see.

Ms O'Neill said her client's actions began as a way to get back at the bully but then went too far.

``It grew bigger than Ben Hur,'' she said.

However, Judge Reynolds said while he accepted that was how the situation started, it soon developed into him receiving sexual gratification.

``In my view, it could only be said to be a contributing factor, perhaps a catalyst,'' he said.

Judge Reynolds said the boy's actions involved ``pre-meditation and some sophisticated planning'' because he went to great lengths to set up the Facebook account and then threaten the girls with violence if they did not perform the sexual acts.

``You were aggressive and threatening right from the start,'' he said.

Judge Reynolds also noted that the boy's demands escalated and he became very persistent as he used language that was ``explicit and demeaning''.

''(You showed) a callous disregard for a vulnerable young girl,'' he said.

Judge Reynolds said most similar cases usually involved the offender downloading pornographic material.

He said in some way, the boy's offences were worse because he created the indecent acts and directly caused harm to the victims by way of degradation and humiliation, which could have long-term effects on the victims.

Reading from a victim impact statement, Judge Reynolds said one girl was ``so totally frightened'' and ``felt sick and ashamed''.
Judge Reynolds also thanked the boy's mother for addressing the court.

``I've been very moved by your mum,'' he told the boy.

Judge Reynolds noted that the boy was born in Iran and moved to Australia when he was 10 years old with his parents and two younger siblings.

He accepted that there was a culture change that he needed to adapt to but said no culture would accept what he did.

He also noted that the boy came from a loving, caring and supportive family with parents who were strict on him and had imposed sanctions on him since the ordeal began, including removing access to a computer.

Judge Reynolds said he had ``serious issues'' with the boy's sexual thoughts and said he would need counselling.

He also requested the family be given some counselling support.

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No punishment? Judge gets my vote just for recognizing this kid's talent.


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fuck the judge and gonna go shoot my non-boldtype reading self