A GROUP of teenage boys who subjected a 13-year-old girl to a series of sex acts and then circulated the footage on their mobile phones had limited sexual experience and were being "opportunistic", a court heard yesterday.
Four boys who engaged in sex acts with the girl in July 2007 appeared in the District Court yesterday after pleading guilty to aggravated sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 14.
The girl had met the alleged ringleader at Bankstown Centro shopping centre in July 2007 and they arranged to meet at a bus depot three days later to take a train to Yagoona, according to a statement of agreed facts.
But when he arrived, she saw that he had brought two friends with him, all dressed in their school uniforms, and they travelled to a park in Yagoona where four other males were waiting. The Court heard that the girl’s new friend then asked if she would perform sex acts on his friends, which she declined, but he continued to press her until she felt threatened and intimidated and finally said, "Yeah whatever."
Over the next hours they entered one of the toilet cubicles with her one after the other, calling to each other to "hurry up", and to her, "just smile like you’re enjoying it," the Court heard.
When council workers disturbed them, they moved to another public toilet in a nearby reserve and later to the rooftop of a Bankstown building.
That night a friend rang and told her that footage of her engaging in sex acts had been circulating among their friends on their mobile phones, and she reported the incident to police.
The lawyers representing the four teenagers yesterday argued that their clients believed the girl had consented to the sexual behaviour, and that they lacked sexual maturity.
One of them had never had any sexual education, because his parents had asked the school to exclude him from those classes until he turned 16, and another had been advised by an older brother to wait until marriage before he lost his virginity, the Court heard.
Luke Brasch, who represented one of the boys, said: "He may well have shown an unfortunate disregard for the young girl but it was an opportunity, a sexual opportunity, which he took."
However, the judge, Richard Cogswell, rejected the suggestion that they were not exploiting the girl. "An older girl may have had more sense and more experience and maturity to say ‘No, clear off’ but she’s a 13-year-old and says ‘Yeah whatever’ and it develops from there," the judge said.
The teenagers will be sentenced next month.