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Old July 22nd, 2007, 06:14 PM  
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Default Boy, 11, 'gave two pre-school girls STDs'

Monday Jul 23 05:00 AEST
By ninemsn staff

An 11-year-old boy from a troubled indigenous community who allegedly raped two pre-school-aged girls and infected them with sexually transmitted diseases will not be prosecuted by West Australian police.

The boy is above the age of criminal responsibility under state law, but authorities confirmed yesterday that no charges would be laid against him.

The incident occurred in Balgo, a community in the northeast corner of the Great Sandy Desert about 100km from the Northern Territory border.

A local tribunal warned the offender not to go near his victims, believed to be aged five and six, The Australian reports.

Senior police are considering the matter a health problem, not a criminal one.

Local health authorities are worried the boy could remain a danger to young girls in the area.

"If you're asking me if there are workable, practical steps in place to make sure this boy and others like him don't do this again, I must honestly say no," said Balgo's Palyalatju Maparnpa Health Committee chief executive Christopher Cresp.

In the past two weeks, nineteen Aboriginal men and juveniles have been charged with 39 child sex offences in as police crackdown on child abuse in Aborignal communities across the Kimberley region of Western Australia.


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