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Man walks free despite pleading guilty to raping 12-year-old girl because she was out partying 4 in the morning

By Mason White 11:22 AM August 7, 2017
Daniel Cieslak
Daniel Cieslak
By: Tanya Clark

A 12-year-old girl tried to commit suicide after learning that her rapist walked free despite pleading guilty to the charges after a judge determined that she was an “active participant.”

Daniel Cieslak of Scotland, was 19-years-old when he meet two girls in the early morning hours. He invited them to a house party and they agreed to go with him.

The two girls drank alcohol until they passed out. 12-year-old Catherine claims that she was unconscious and has only a vague recollection of what happened that night.

She denies giving Cieslak consent to have sex with her.

The girl said that when Cieslak, now 21, pleaded guilty to the rape of a girl under the age of 13 at the High Court in Glasgow, she celebrated with her family.

She wanted to put the incident behind her so that she can move on with her life. However, to her horror, the judge gave him an “absolute discharge” and allowed him to walk free.

Judge Lady Maggie Scott said that Cieslak “had reasonable grounds to believe that the girl was above the age of consent after he met the victim and her friend at 4:00 a.m., while they were waiting for a taxi at the Edinburgh City Centre.

According to the judge, during the trip to the home, the girls told the suspect that they were 16 and 17 years old.

When he was questioned about the night, the taxi driver said that he believed the victim was 20 years old.

The girl wrote a public letter expressing her anger over the ruling. She wrote that due to the attack “I suffer from anxiety, depression, and I take tablets to help me sleep. I even tried to commit suicide because I was barely holding it together.”