Judge frees convicted child rapist, rules the victim, 13, turned him onBy Mason White 12:17 PM August 7, 2013
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By: Eva Fett
A convicted child rapist walked out of court a free man after a judge ruled that the victim is to blame for the man’s behavior.
The United Kingdom judge ruled that the 13-year-old victim had acted “predatorily” had “encouraged” the man and “looked older” than she really is.
Neil Wilson, 41, pleaded guilty to luring the girl to his home in Romford, Essex, where she stripped out of her school uniform before she performed a sexual act on him.
The two then entered into a two-week fling, the court was told. Wilson bombarded the victim with phone calls and text messages as she continued to visit his home.
The girl confided to a friend, who called the police.
A raid on Wilson’s home uncovered a stash of images and videos of child molestation and bestiality, the court heard.
Attorney Robert Colover told the judge that despite her age, she was “sexually experienced” and had forced the defendant into action.
Judge Nigel Peters told the court he had taken into account the guilty plea of Wilson in issuing a suspended sentence.
“You thought she was about 16-years-old,” he said, and in your plea you acknowledge that you knew,” he said.
“Allowing her to visit your home is something that we would give you, in normal circumstances, a long prison sentence. On the other hand, the girl was predatory and was urging you on,” the judge also said.
Wilson received a suspended jail term of eight months and three years probation.