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Boy found guilty of raping girl, four, in Emberton Park

A teenager has been found guilty of raping a four-year-old girl in a Buckinghamshire park.

The girl and her family had gone to Emberton Park in Olney, near Milton Keynes, on 13 August 2009.

Huntingdon Crown Court heard the girl identified the accused to her mother in a Co-op store 12 days after the attack, because he was wearing the same top.

The 17-year-old was found not guilty of a second count of rape. He will be sentenced on 10 January.

The boy, from Dunstable in Bedfordshire, was 16 at the time of the attack and cannot be named because of his age.

'Brave' girl

Jurors heard he approached the girl as she played in a children's play park.

Her mother found her partially undressed in bushes, the court was told.

Det Ch Insp Peter Vigurs, who led the investigation, said: "Despite her young age, the victim was able to give a detailed account of what happened to her and seeing her giving evidence reminded me of how brave she has been.

"It is now over a year after this serious incident and at last I hope the victim and her family can begin to put this experience behind them."

The jury returned a unanimous verdict following a 14-day trial.

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