A 12-year-old boy in England raped his younger sister because he wanted to re-enact scenes from the video game “Grand Theft Auto” (GTA).

The boy from Swindon, England, attacked his six-year-old sister on several occasions at their house when the adults were asleep or in a different room. One of the attacks even took place on Christmas Day, when the boy raped his sister in the living room and a bedroom while adults were in a different part of the house.

In one instance, the boy watched some footage of a sexual act in the game and wanted to recreate the scene with his sister while another younger sibling was present in the room. The game is sold exclusively to people over the age of 18 due the disturbing nature of violence it involves.

Prosecutor Russell Pyne said the incident came to light after the girl confided to her friend that her brother made her do something he called "special bundles" and "snuggles". “Her friend told a teacher, who said that the girl had seemed withdrawn and quiet up until then but became a lot happier after telling her about it,” Pyne said.

When the boy was interrogated by police, he initially denied it but soon admitted that he committed the crime. He watched the sex acts and wanted to see what it was like for himself, Pyne told the court.

The boy was charged with three counts of rape and one count of inciting the girl to engage in sexual activity. His mother was present in the court when the details of the charges were read to him. He pleaded guilty to all the charges against him.

A judge from the Swindon youth court gave him a 12-month referral order. The boy will be required to go to an out-of-town therapeutic facility and on completion of the 12-month period, the charges he pleaded guilty to will be considered “spent.” While the charges will stay on his record, he won’t be required to disclose them to any of his future employers. He was also added to the sex offenders' register for two and a half years.

During the hearing, the boy sat impassively but was smiling when the judge spoke to him about football. He said “I would stop myself, I have learned that it’s wrong,” after the judge asked him what he would do if he got a chance to engage in criminal activities again. There was no contact between the boy and his siblings since he was sent to the facility, even though they expressed their wishes to see him.

The defense attorney, Gordon Hotson, said, “This is a one-off opportunity to help sort this young man out, give the youth offending team the chance to work with him and ensure that this never happens again. He’s been opening up to staff and working well with them.”

“We just want to make things right and do what’s best for the safety of the children. He’s doing really well and I want to make sure we can all be a family again at some point. My daughter used to be very sad this was her fault, but she’s come on leaps and bounds, she’s a very strong girl and there’s not an ounce of sadness in her now, I’m so proud of her,” the boy’s mother said.

Names of both the children were not revealed given their age and the nature of the case.

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