Teenager raped boy while swimming

A TEENAGE boy has been sentenced to 198 days in juvenile detention for raping another boy in 2018.

The now 15-year-old from Gladstone pleaded guilty earlier this year to rape, endangering property by fire, wilful damage, graffiti, stealing, trespass and other charges.

He was sentenced in Rockhampton District Court yesterday for all offences.

Crown prosecutor Samantha O'Rourke said the teen was living in a residential care facility when a carer took him and the victim swimming in February 2019.

She said the defendant put his fingers down the victim's pants and inserted his fingers in the boy's anus.

Ms O'Rourke said the boy continued despite being asked by the carer what he was doing.

Defence barrister Jordan Ahlstrand said his client, who has alcohol foetal syndrome and ADHD, did not have "an enormous insight" into his offending.

"When I conferenced with him, he didn't understand the gravity or criminality of the offence," he said.

Ms O'Rourke said the defendant was with other juveniles in January 2019 when he grabbed dry grass, set it alight and caused a grass fire that threatened house on a rural property off Dawson Highway.

She said the fire burned four hectares (9.88422 acres).

The fire went 480 metres from the house and the boys raised the alarm when they realised it was out of control.

The defendant also scaled the wall of an overpass in Gladstone and tagged the wall, damaged a door at the residential facility during a temper tantrum, broke into a house and stole shoes and a scooter, and drank flavoured milk in Kmart without paying.

Ms O'Rourke said the defendant had four prior common assaults on his history - all which involved him assault carers at the residential facility.

Mr Ahlstrand said his client, who did not know who his father was and was taken out of his mother's care at birth, had lived with 17 families and in three residential facilities.

He said along with not having insight, his client also did not know why he did these things.

"He wishes he was good and lived with a family," Mr Ahlstrand said.

Judge Michael Burnett said the defendant would need a "great deal of support" once back in the community.

He sentenced the boy to 198 days detention (which he served prior to sentencing) along with two years probation and five hours graffiti removal.

No convictions were recorded.