Offence: Sexual Offences > rape
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Henry Simpkins of the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields , was Indicted for Ravishing and carnally Knowing Grace Price , a Girl of 10 years of Age, against her will , on the 11th of December . It appeared that the Prisoner pickt up the Girl and carry'd her to an Alehouse, where he made her drink, and afterwards carry'd her to an empty House in the New Buildings in the Lestall ; and sitting down upon the stairs, took the Girl upon his Lap, and committed the Villany, and gave her the Pox. The Chirurgeon, who has the Girl under Cure, gave his Judgment that she was spoiled in her privy Parts, and that she could not be infected with the Venereal distemper but by carnal Knowledge of a Man. The Girl owned in Court that she cried out, but that he bid her hush. The whole Circumstances being very plain, and the Prisoner having little to say in his defence, the Jury brought him in Guilty .