Burnley man raped schoolboy in sick attack

Burnley Crown Court.''
Burnley Crown Court.''

A MAN who raped a schoolboy in a sickening alcohol-fuelled attack at a house in Burnley is facing a long prison sentence.

Charles Hodgson (21) sexually assaulted his frightened victim, got him to take part in sex acts and then raped him in June last year.

Hodgson, then 20, who had been on an all-day drinking session before he struck, had warned the boy not to tell anybody what had happened. But, the day after his ordeal, the victim told two female school friends. One had told her mother and police were called after the boy’s teacher took him to one side at his school in Burnley, and asked him what had happened.

Hodgson, of Thurston Street, Burnley, was found guilty of rape, sexual assault and two charges of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, after a four-day trial at Burnley Crown Court. He had denied the allegations against him.

The jury had heard how the defendant was arrested by the police and gave a number of different versions of events when he was questioned.

The defendant was remanded in custody by Judge Christopher Cornwall, for a pre-sentence report, and he will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court in the week of March 11th.

The judge said the probation service would undertake a risk assessment on Hodgson and added: “A custodial sentence of some length is unavoidable.”

He told Hodgson: “You have been convicted of extremely serious sexual offences. It was utterly compelling evidence from the boy. You exploited his vulnerability and you then lacked the guts to admit what you had done, causing your barrister to put really hurtful allegations to him, which the jury has seen through.”

During the trial, Mr Kevin Donnelly (prosecuting) told the court Hodgson told the schoolboy he was “horny” and twice asked him if he wanted to masturbate with him. The victim refused, but was beginning to feel shocked and disturbed by the defendant’s requests.

Mr Donnelly said Hodgson would not take no for an answer and seemed angry. He began to perform a sex act on the boy and then instructed the victim to do the same to him. The schoolboy felt he had to co-operate and did what was asked of him, although he did not want to.

Hodgson then performed oral sex on the boy. The teenager protested and felt more scared but did co-operate with what the defendant wanted.

Mr Donnelly said Hodgson told the boy he wanted him to do the same to him.

Mr Donnelly said the defendant orally raped the boy, who tried to push him away, but was not able to do so. The incident was brought to an end when Hodgson heard the sound of footsteps.

The prosecutor said: “He pulled up his pants, adjusted his clothing and told the boy to do the same. The defendant left. He again warned the boy not to tell anyone about what had gone on. He said if he did tell anybody, they would think the defendant was a paedophile and he would be ostracised and hated.”

Hodgson was interviewed by the police three days later. He had denied there had been acts of masturbation and denied completely there had been any acts of oral sex. The defendant told police he was horrified and said that was disgusting and something he would not ever contemplate.