A teenager is facing life in prison after he got a 12-year-old girl pregnant in Belfast.
The schoolgirl allegedly got pregnant after having sex with a 19-year-old man.
If she carries to full-term, the young girl – whose family are said to be in shock – could become one of Britain’s youngest mothers.
Police confirmed that the 19-year-old was arrested last Thursday after the pregnancy was reported to police and has been released on bail, pending further inquiries.
If it is found that he had sex with the girl, he faces being charged with rape, which can carry a life sentence if he gets convicted.
According to UK law, anyone aged under 13 is not legally considered to be able to give consent to sex, so those who engage in sexual activity with them face a charge of statutory rape.
A Police spokesman said:
‘Police arrested a 19 year old man in the West Belfast area on Thursday 1st October in relation to a sexual offence. The man has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.’
The girl who is believed to be UK’s youngest mother gave birth last April after getting pregnant by her 13-year-old boyfriend while she was still in primary school.
The 11 year old girl and the baby’s father were said to be ‘totally in love’ and had been going out for a year when she got pregnant.
She then gave birth at 12 years and three months, making her five months younger than Britain’s previous youngest mother.
The youngest father on record is Sean Stewart, of Bedford, who became a father aged 12 in 1998.