Judge allows child rapist to walk free because 13-year-old girl looked like an adultBy Mason White 6:18 PM March 17, 2015
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By: Chan Yuan
A man who was arrested on charges of rape for raping a 13-year-old girl, was allowed to walk out of court a free man because the victim looked like an adult, prosecutors in Sweden said.
The victim of Stockholm, said that she met her attacker, who was not identified, in a park after she fled from her foster home.
The girl had no money, no mobile phone or a place to stay when she began talking with the 27-year-old defendant. The man invited her to his home for a drink, and later that night, the man had sex with her.
The defendant initially denied that the girl had visited his house, but later admitted that they had sex after police found his DNA on her underwear.
He was charged with statutory rape.
However, the Court of Appeals has dismissed the charges because the man did not have reasonable grounds to believe that the girl is a minor.
The judge said that the girl’s body was well developed, and she looked like an adult.