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University of Manchester sexual assaults: Teenager walks free

A 14-year-old boy who admitted sexually assaulting 11 women has walked free from court.

The teenager, who cannot be named, struck in and around the University of Manchester over a seven-week period.

Manchester Youth Court heard the assaults were on women aged between 17 and 48. They took place between 20 August and 9 October 2013.

The court referred the boy to a Youth Offending Team for a year.

He also admitted one count of using insulting or abusive language or behaviour.

Det Ch Insp Colin Larkin said: "Although the victims were upset by what happened, each one of them have expressed a genuine wish the boy receives help and does not offend again."

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said in one of the assaults the boy touched a woman's breast in a car park, before carrying out another sex attack two hours later.

Assaults happened near John Ryland's University Library and the Mansfield Cooper Building, the CPS said.

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