A 17-year-old from Southport who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was railed up for five years for a total of 12 sex crimes at Liverpool Crown Court in April 2015.
He admitted six counts of raping a child under 13, and three each of sexual assault of a child and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
The abuse started when the victim was just eight and did not stop until she spoke out, Mr Justice Jay told London’s Appeal Court.
The teenager’s crimes included oral and vaginal rape, touching the girl’s private parts and inciting her to touch his.
On occasions, he climbed on top of the girl and held her down, which she described as ‘horrible and painful’, the judge added.
Lawyers for the teenager, who had no previous convictions, argued his sentence was far too tough in light of his youth, immaturity and personal circumstances.
Justice Jay said the sentencing judge had made ‘express reference’ to the boy’s tender years and the ‘cruelty’ to which he had been subjected in his own life.
The victim was ‘particularly vulnerable’ due to her ‘extreme youth’ and the abuse had been ‘persistent and sustained’, he added.
However he ruled that the sentence should have been reduced further because the teenager was ‘only 11’ when the attacks began.
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