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SIX footballers who had a midnight sex orgy in a park with two 12-year-old girls they treated "like pieces of flesh" have each been caged for two years.

A shocked court heard how they told of their "horror" when they discovered the girls were not 16 as they had claimed  before all were charged with rape.

The schoolgirls had sneaked away from a family party and began exchanging suggestive texts with the men  several of whom were part of the Reading FC football academy.

Judge Stephen John was told how one of the girls had texted the group to ask to be picked up, adding saucily: "We can have three each."

The six friends collected the pair in two Vauxhall Corsas and drove to a park in Reading, Berks, where one girl had sex with five of the men.

Horrified court officials heard how the girl called them over "one by one". The other girl had sex with one man.

The girls, who had been reported missing by one of their mothers, were later found wandering the streets at 2.20am by police and when asked what they were doing admitted they had had sex with a group of six men.

An appeal was launched to find those involved and soon all six men had handed themselves in and made full confessions.

Reading Crown Court heard all the men freely admitted having sex with the girls on February 21 last year, saying they had made "all the running" and had told them that they were 16.

The court heard they were said to have been "shocked and disgusted" to learn the true ages of the girls with one saying: "I've got a little sister about that age".

Courtney Amos, 19, Ashley Charles, 20, Dennis De Sousa, 18, Jahson Downes, 20, Jahvon Edwards, 19 and Luke Farrugia, 21, all admitted rape of a girl under the age of 13.

Downes is a former Reading FC academy player who until recently played for Basingstoke Town FC in Hampshire, while Ashley Charles also attended the academy.

Farrugia plays for Reading Town and Courtney Amos has completed two years of football coaching. The other two also play football for low division clubs.

Police analysis of the men's mobile phones showed one of the girls had been in touch with Edwards for a number of days.

When Edwards told her he was with five friends a message returned from the girl's phone saying "we can have three each" before a smiley face icon.

Prosecutor Alan Blake said: "The two girls left the family party surreptitiously, ducking down between parked cars so that one girl's father wouldn't see them leaving to meet the men.

"One girl said one of the males kept asking her for sex and she was initially reluctant but eventually gave into his persistence and she says only one male had sexual contact with her.

"The witnesses described how the boys went over to the other girl one at a time on the other side of the park and that she was calling them over and they were going one by one."

Defence lawyers, mitigating for the six defendants, described the case as "exceptional".

They highlighted the young girls' lies and said that if it had not been for their clients' honesty the Crown Prosecution Service would have had no case.

The judge also heard that the most active of the two girls mentioned in five of the six charges is being investigated over an unrelated false rape allegation and had a fake age on her Facebook page.

Martin Hooper, mitigating for both Charles and Downes, echoed comments by his fellow defence counsel that his clients' lives had been devastated by what happened that night.

Both had hoped to have careers in football coaching but were no longer able to because of sex offence restrictions.

Defending Mr de Sousa, Sheilagh Davies said that when officers told him the girls ages he was "disgusted" adding: "Oh my goodness. I have got a little sister about that age".

Judge John sentenced Downes, from Reading, Amos, of Caversham, Berks, Charles of Coley, Berks, De Sousa, of Tilehurst, Berks, and Edwards of West Reading, to be detained for two years in a Young Offenders' Institute. Farrugia, of West Reading, was sent to prison for two years.

He said: "Having said that, it is clear to me that all of you were utterly reckless in what you did that night.

"These girls were entirely unknown to you. You saw these girls as willing sexual partners, which they were, and behaved towards them as if they were simply pieces of flesh, not people.

"By acting as you did, you will have confirmed in them twisted views of what sex is about and further entrenched in them thoroughly inappropriate behaviour."

He said he accepted the leading girl was willing and, despite only being 12 years old, had not been a virgin at the time. The other, he said, was clearly more reluctant.

The judge added: "But no-one can ever tell what effect such an inappropriate experience can have on a girl of such an age.

"Experience shows that the effects can be long-lasting and they have the potential for impeding the normal process of growing up and of forming normal relationships with members of the opposite sex of an appropriate age."

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Wow, 12 years old, f*cking hell. How many 12 year olds look 16? I'd need to see a picture of the girls before i passed judgement i think, if they genuinely looked 16 then i'd feel a bit sorry for the lads.

The girls are obviously right little slags, they knew what they were doing and were obviously up for it. Hard one to call, could make arguments for both parties.

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well rape is rape. If they didn't want to go all the way but just dick tease then no is still no.

There's no justification of the actions of these lads who were acting like animals.

But this isnt rape in the sense they attacked/forced her, it's clear the girl was willing. It's only classed as rape cos she's under the age of 16.

A 16 year old boy having sex with a 15 year old girl is rape in the eyes of the law.

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From the 100% reliable wikipedia:

The phrase statutory rape is a term used in some legal jurisdictions to describe sexual activities where one participant is below the age required to legally consent to the behavior. Although it usually refers to adults engaging in sex with minors under the age of consent, it is a generic term, and very few jurisdictions use the actual term "statutory rape" in the language of statutes. Different jurisdictions use many different statutory terms for the crime, such as "sexual assault," "rape of a child," "corruption of a minor," "carnal knowledge of a minor," "unlawful carnal knowledge", or simply "carnal knowledge." Statutory rape differs from forcible rape in that overt force or threat need not be present. The laws presume coercion, because a minor or mentally challenged adult is legally incapable of giving consent to the act.

The term statutory rape generally refers to sex between an adult and a sexually mature minor past the age of puberty. Sexual relations with a prepubescent child, generically called "child molestation," is typically treated as a more serious crime.

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If true what the lads are saying then it's harsh on them, obviously it's hard to make excuses but if they thought they were legal with 2-3 years between them, then it's hard to be-grudge. I don't know how these girls can go to the police after she allowed to be slammed up the fridge.

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OK clearly there are if and buts, but if the following happened to Dennis De Sousa (which I doubt), then I feel sorry for the guy..

The event happened on 21st Feb last year, he's 18 now, so in theory he could have been 16, most likely 17.

And his mates went out to meet the girls.. He ends up liking the other one, and thinks shes 16.. (only a year apart).. He 'pulls her' like you do to a girl in a club, asks if she wants to go all the way.. She refuses (like any decent girl in a club would do) but eventually gives in and they do it in the park.. (it doesn't say if she was a virgin or not)...

This scenario is no different to a girl faking her age in a club and you end up sleeping with her.. It happens (not to me but to a friend) and later your done for 'rape' of a minor.. Ummm.

So many ifs and buts, but imagine if you were the parent of that 12 year old who wanted them 1 by 1, what a disgrace she is.

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If 12 year girl is having sex with five men I wouldn´t worry about her parents. For 12 year old want to do this there is bound to be a lot wrong in her life. I`m not blaming her parents because I simply don`t know much about this case but it is very odd if the girls behaviour has not raised any indication that something is wrong with her before this.

I too know cases where under 16 girls have lied their age and the guys have believed what they have been told and then they have been in trouble. It is unfortunate but 18 years old guys should know that there is a possibility that they are being lied to.

I feel sorry for these 12 years old for they are going to have a hard time getting this behind them.

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