THREE teenagers who sexually assaulted two 13-year-old girls in the grounds of a Dublin school have been given suspended sentences.
The boys, who were all 13 at the time and cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexual assault at the school on April 22, 2009.
One of the boys tried to have sex with a girl after pulling down her trousers and underwear. He sexually assaulted another victim several times while asking her for oral sex.
Det Sgt Ronan Murphy told Cathleen Noctor, prosecuting, that another helped hold down each girl while his friend sexually assaulted her. He also sexually assaulted one of the girls himself by touching and exposing her breasts and putting his hands down her underwear.
The third youth also sexually assaulted both girls. All three teenagers were registered as sex offenders.
The two girls had followed the boys into the grounds of the school after they had taken a mobile phone and a bottle of water from them.
The incident came to an end when the second girl said she was going to get her "fella".
One of the girls had "extensive bruising", while her friend said she "lost her innocence that day".
The first girl's parents have installed CCTV cameras in their home to combat their daughter's nervousness as a result of the attack.
Judge Martin Nolan said it seemed incomprehensible that the teenagers did what they did.
He said they had assaulted the girls in a "very hurtful" way. "They have suffered long-term consequences, but hopefully they can both get on with their lives," Judge Nolan said.
Judge Nolan had previously deferred the imposition of two years' detention on the condition that the boys liaise with the Probation Service for 18 months.
Yesterday he imposed that sentence on all three boys, but suspended it in full.
He also made an order that the boys stay away from the girls and their families.
"If you see them coming down the street, you are to turn the other way," Judge Nolan warned them.