June 2020

Bristol teenager admits raping young girl and sexually abusing a second

A sexual predator Bristol who raped a young girl and sexually abused a second, has been handed a ten year extended custody sentence.

Shaun O’Neill was aged 17 when he raped a girl under the age of 10, Bristol Crown Court heard.

A year later when he was 18-years-old he sexually exploited a girl under the age of six.

O’Neill, now 19, pleaded guilty to rape of a girl aged under-13 as well as inciting a girl into non-penetrative sexual activity.

Following a confession to a probation officer he asked for further sexual abuse to be considered

Judge Euan Ambrose handed him an extended sentence comprising six years and two months of youth custody, of which he must serve at least two-thirds before being considered for release by the Parole Board.

On release he will serve the remaining period of his sentence on licence as well as extended licence of three years and ten months.

The judge told O’Neill: “In your pre-sentence report a doctor describes you as a nervous, shy, introverted man who could also be described as immature and inadequate.

“This was repeated behaviour of the most serious nature, demonstrating a clear sexual interest in children.

“In my judgement you do pose a significant risk of causing serious harm to children in future by the commission of further offences.”

O’Neill was handed an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and restraining order banning him from contact with the complainants.

He was also ordered to register as a sex offender indefinitely.

Richard Posner, prosecuting, said O’Neill stripped the older girl before forcing himself on her.

The court heard O’Neill later targeted the younger girl by pulling down her underwear – and she told her family what happened.

O’Neill made no comment when interviewed by police.

But he pleaded guilty to the charges and admitted two additional rapes of the older child as well as an additional sexual assault of the younger.