A judge was slammed yesterday for allowing a child sex pervert to walk free from court and accusing a girl of 13 of seducing him.
David Barnes, 24, was given a suspended jail sentence after admitting having cyber-sex with the schoolgirl and downloading child porn.
Judge Peter Fox QC admitted people would be puzzled by his decision to let Barnes go, as official guidelines suggested a short jail sentence for his offences. But he told Barnes: “In addition to the images, there were activities over the internet with the 13-year-old, who, I accept, appears to have seduced you.”
Spokesperson Neil Atkinson said: “Thirteen-year-olds have to be protected. They are children. Intellectually, ethically and legally, this girl could not be on the same level as a man in his 20s.
“The judge is right that most people will be disturbed by an adult receiving a suspended sentence for this.
They found 600 child porn images and film clips on his computers. Prosecutor Paul Newcombe said evidence of internet chat between Barnes and the young victim from Stoke were also discovered..