Walton, now 19, had been drinking before the house party and later texted his victim to warn her against speaking out, the court was told. In police interviews, he denied the messages had been sent by him.
Andrew Stranex, in mitigation, said he ‘was not the mature person he portrayed himself as being’. The defendant had been using drugs and alcohol but has learned to control this, he added.
Judge James Adkin said the victim was raped ‘in pretty unedifying circumstances’ and Walton had made a ‘pretty degrading remark’ after the second incident.
Speaking directly to the defendant, he added: ‘It seems to me you just thought you could do what you wanted, when you wanted.’
Walton, from Crook in Durham, was found guilty of rape and sexual activity with a child after a four-day trial last month.
He was sentenced to seven years behind bars and made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.
He will also be subject to registration as a sex offender and a restraining order relating to the victim. Both of these will be in place for life.
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