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'Young girl tied naked to bed and raped by stepfather'

By Brian Farmer

A girl was raped and tied naked to a bed by her stepfather when other children in her family were at home, a family court judge has heard.

The man had once cut off the youngster's clothes with a knife, Mr Justice Keehan was told.

He had also played a game called "nervous" with the girl - now 13 - which involved him "touching her all over her naked body".

Detail emerged today in a ruling by the judge following a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court.

Mr Justice Keehan, who sits in London, said there were seven youngsters in the girl's family - aged between 18 and seven.

The judge said social services bosses had asked for long-term decisions on the futures of two of the children.

He was told that the two children had been placed into interim foster care two years ago - and he concluded that they should be placed into long-term local authority care.

Other children in the family, including the 13-year-old girl, were already in council care, the judge said.

The man had denied allegations made against him.

But Mr Justice Keehan concluded that the man had "groomed" and "sexually abused" the girl.

Mr Justice Keehan said no-one in the family could be identified.

But he said the local authority involved was Birmingham City Council.

Barrister Deirdre Fottrell QC had outlined evidence and explained concerns on behalf of the council.

She said sexual abuse of children had been a "regular occurrence" at the family home.

The judge was told that a teacher had raised concerns about neglect and "sexualised behaviour" nearly a decade ago.

Children had been placed on a local authority protection register in 2007.

Mr Justice Keehan said police had been involved with the family for some time but did not give detail of any criminal court appearances.

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