Judge calls victim, 13, a 'sexual predator': Outcry as 41-year-old man walks free after admitting sex with girl.
A man who admitted having sex with a 13-year-old girl walked free from court; while his victim was described by the judge and prosecution as sexually “predatory”.
The girl was accused in court of "egging her abuser on" and was described as "looking older" than her thirteen years, something the judge said he would consider in Wilson’s favour. But anti-rape campaigners railed at the accusation that the young victim was promiscuous. They argued that it helped facilitate the sexual abuse of children.
The support group Rape Crisis (England and Wales) said it was “appalled and bitterly disappointed” at what it called “shocking and entirely unacceptable treatment of a 13-year-old sexual violence victim in court”.
A spokesman said that the charity “utterly refutes the strong implication of the judge’s comments that a child’s behaviour can somehow mitigate that of an adult who perpetrates sexual violence against her”.
Mr Colover reportedly told a hearing at London's Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday:
"The girl is predatory in all her actions and she is sexually experienced.
She appeared to look around 14 or 15 and had the mental age of a 14 or 15 year old despite being younger than that.
There was sexual activity but it was not of Mr Wilson's doing, you might say it was forced upon him despite being older and stronger than her."
During his sentencing of Wilson His Honour Judge Peters QC said:
"You have come as close to prison as is imaginable.
I have taken in to account that even though the girl was 13, the prosecution say she looked and behaved a little bit older.
You knew she was not nearly 16 as she said and your plea of guilty recognises that you knew.
Allowing her to visit your home is something we have to clamp down on and in normal circumstances that would mean a significant term in prison.
On these facts, the girl was predatory and was egging you on.
That is no defence when dealing with children but I am prepared to impose a suspension."