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Pervert who groomed 14-year-old girl for sex avoids prison after judge says ‘you’re not a real paedophile’

Decision: Judge Gareth Hawkesworth has caused outrage after refusing to jail a sex offender

A judge has been criticised for failing to jail a pervert who groomed a 14-year-old girl for sex after ruling he was being ‘simply a young man’.

Turon Ali, 26, groomed the schoolgirl by sending her explicit text messages and then arranged a secret meeting where he planned to abuse her.

He was only prevented from sexually assaulting the girl when her older brother found one of the texts and alerted police.

But Ali avoided jail at Cambridge Crown Court with a 12-month suspended sentence after a top judge ruled he was ‘not a paedophile as such’.

Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said: ‘You thought she was ”easy’ meat”. You were thrust into a moral vacuum without a single care of what you might be doing.

‘You are not a paedophile as such. You are simply a young man who was unable to control his sexual urges.’

Children’s charity campaigners yesterday slammed the lenient sentence and Claude Knights, director of Kidscape, described Ali’s crime as ‘very serious’.

She said: ‘We have to ask what is meant by the phrase, ‘not a paedophile as such’. Sexual offenders do not adhere to a stereotype.

‘Grooming a minor with the clear intention of engaging in sexual activity with her is a very serious crime, and needs to be recognised as such.

‘This young girl’s brother saved her from a terrible experience, and he should be commended for his actions.

‘Society needs to be protected from adults who target vulnerable children, and the sentencing of predators needs to reflect the severity of their crime.

‘I’m not sure the sentence is enough and if he had been jailed then the message would have been stronger.’

‘Ali groomed the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, with sick texts and hatched a plan to meet her at the historic Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire.

But her brother intervened and called police when he discovered the texts and Ali was sentenced for arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence at Cambridge Crown Court on February 18.

Ali was made subject of a sexual prevention order banning him from unsupervised contact with under-16s for a period of five years and ordered to pay £500 costs.

Judge Hawkesworth ruled: ‘If you could you were going to meet her and if you could you would have engaged in some kind of sexual activity with her.

‘It then became clear that she was sexually compliant and when you became aware of this lust took over.

‘You approached her on the basis that she was a member of the opposite sex and you would have your way with her if you could.’

Ali was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender’s Register.

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February 25, 2011 - Posted by | paedophile | , , ,

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