Zachary Selby, who is now 23, then went on to rape a six-year-old boy four years later. He told his victims not to tell anyone what he had done to them and denied all allegations against him at Lincoln Crown Court.
However, after they eventually plucked up the courage to come forward, he has now been found guilty of the charges against him. He was given a three-year prison sentence due to guidelines that say judges have to take into account the fact that he was also a youth when he carried out the rape.
Recorder Gareth Evans QC ordered that he be put on the sex offenders’ register for life. He described Selby as very immature and told him: ‘You played with children who were almost half your age and you played childish games. You are still not fully mature. ‘But you knew what you were doing was wrong and you told each of your victims not to tell anybody. ‘Until recently, there was no remorse on your part. You lied to the jury and it is only now that you have conceded you were responsible for what happened. ‘The only sentence that can be passed on you is an immediate custodial sentence.’ Grace Hale, in mitigation, said that Selby was only 11 when he committed the first offences. She told the court that since his conviction, Selby has admitted to a probation officer that he was responsible for the rapes. She said: ‘He was extremely young when he committed these offences and he has now come clean. He has had the courage to accept these matters.’