A New Zealand boy fathered a child after having sex with the 36-year-old mother of a school friend, The New Zealand Herald reports, raising questions on why women can't be charged with rape in the country.
It has also highlighted disparity in the country's lape raw, which only applies to men.
The boy and the woman are both from the main North Island district of Auckland. Their names were not released for sensitivity and security reasons.
It was also reported both the boy and his child are now understood to be in care after the principal at the boy's school raised the alarm.
The boy, who is now 12, confessed to their school principal last year he had been having sex with his friend's mother "and it needs to stop."
The principal said the boy was "very aware" of the situation he was in and determined he wanted the contact to end.
The contact between the boy and the woman reportedly began about April last year, when the boy was aged 11. The woman's son took a day off school and encouraged his friend to do likewise, spending the day at his home.
During the course of the day, the woman gave the boy beer to drink and then later took part in a sexual encounter with him. The sexual contact continued for a couple of months after the initial encounter. The boy had turned 12 by the time the child was born.
The organization Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse said if the case is proved then the woman should be held accountable, and might be jailed for a maximum of 20 years.