A teenager who had sex with a 13-year-old girl when he was 15 after they arranged it over Facebook will be sentenced next year.
The youth, who cannot be named as he is a juvenile, had anal intercourse with the girl in the bushes of a local football field.
He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to defilement of a girl under the age of 17 at a location in Dublin on December 31, 2011. He will turn 18 in January.
Judge Mary Ellen Ring said she was not ruling out a jail sentence.
She adjourned sentencing to February and ordered a probation and welfare report.
Garda Elizabeth McConan told Melanie Greally BL, prosecuting, that a relationship had “sprung up” between the two the previous autumn and that the parties were known to each other before this.
The pair began chatting with each other over Facebook and had one intimate encounter before the offence.
They arranged to meet for sex on New Year's Eve 2011. Ms Greally said: “This followed 48 hours of fairly intense contact over Facebook. This was highly sexual in nature”.
She said the online contact included all sorts of expressions of love and affection as well as propositions of a sexual nature.
They discussed meeting up to have conventional sexual intercourse. The subject of pregnancy and condoms was raised and he suggested anal intercourse. She agreed after some hesitation.
The pair met and after a short conversation he raised the issue of sex.
She told him “in a minute, in a minute” and the accused became inpatient. She agreed and they had anal sex.
Afterwards she went home and showered and resumed her evening. She told a friend who told her own mother and this woman told the teen’s parents in late January.
The victim became distressed when asked about the incident and gardaí were notified the next day. He was arrested in February and later charged.
Patrick Gageby SC, defending, said his client is a vulnerable person with poor social skills and limited education.
He said that this was not a case of an older and wiser person entrapping a younger person because the victim was a million miles away from him in terms of intelligence.
The court heard that there was contact between the two in the days and weeks after the incident and he began calling her names such as “slut and whore”.
The boy told gardaí he believed she was aged 14 and that he stopped all contact with her when she realised she was 13.
He had repeatedly told her on Facebook that he was 14.