A boy repeatedly raped and sexually abused three small children when he was just 11 years old.
The youngster, now 13, confessed to molesting one boy and two girls in the most horrible of ordeals when they lived together in care in Merseyside.
Liverpool Youth Court heard how the child had been born suffering from an opiate addiction as a result of his mothers heroin use.
The court then heard how problems with the boy first began when a girl stated that he had asked her for naked pictures of herself.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, then confessed and had his phone confiscated – before going on to request images from her once again.
When asked why he had done it, he said it didnt know why.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the three children were then asked whether the boy had done anything to them physically.
The children said no, but one of the girls went red in face, prompting the 11-year-old to be challenged.
He then confessed to having molested all three.
The young children also revealed that the boy had rubbed against them and asked them to touch his penis.
Arthur Gibson, prosecuting, told the court that police were then called and the boy told officers that it had felt nice to do and he couldnt stop himself.
The little boy then revealed that the older boy had in fact raped all three of them, which the now teenager also admitted to.
One girl said that she had told the boy no but he had grabbed her wrist and abused her.
The court heard the children said the abuse had hurt but there was that there was no sign of injury or ongoing distress.
The boy pleaded guilty to five counts of rape and two of assault by penetration.
Victim statements were written by the childrens parents, who did not enter the courtroom while they were read out.
They have been quite literally to hell and back. Emotions are running very high, District Judge Wendy Lloyd said.
Peter Mitchell, defending, said the boy was extremely remorseful about his actions and had confessed the information leading to the charges against him.
He added that the child had been given a unique placement to address his high risk behaviour and would soon start specialised therapy.
There will be difficult times in which he will be challenged over his behaviour, Mr Mitchell said.
But Judge Lloyd was unhappy there had been a delay in how long it took for the young children to get access to counselling.
She stated that the boy, who is living under 24-hour supervision in secure accommodation, had so-far received more support than his victims.
He continued to abuse these children for a considerable period of time. It became his habit, she said.
What you did was wicked, it was wrong and you knew that it was wrong.
Judge Lloyd said she had to consider the boys welfare, but added: Ive also got to protect the public and I must never lose sight of those three little children.
I must protect them and others from future sexual crimes. Time and time again you betrayed them.
A police officer confirmed that the children were now belatedly receiving counselling, via the NSPCC.
The judge continued: The damage, sadly however, might not be physical, it may be psychological.
It may well be in their young heads and may affect their future relationships.
Judge Lloyd was restricted to giving out either 12 months of detention or a 12-month referral order – the former of which would mean the boy could not begin preventive therapeutic work until after a year.
I feel its not just in your interest, but in the interest of the public as a whole, if that targeted intervention at this high level continues, she said.
The boy was handed a 12-month referral order and will have to attend a review next February to check his progress.
He must also sign on the sex offenders register for two and a half years and comply with an indefinite restraining order.
It seems the very least I can do for these children is to give them the reassurance they will not have to be in your presence again, Judge Lloyd said.