Update 07.08.2013: Robert Colover has been bannedfrom sex abuse cases.
A paedophile walked free on Monday after his 13-year-old victim was described as a ‘sexual predator’ in court. Neil Wilson, 41, lured the teenager to his home in Romford, Essex, where she performed a sex act on him. The victim told a friend who alerted the police to the abuse. Officers found a stash of images of child abuse and bestiality in Wilson’s home. He pleaded guilty to two counts of making extreme pornographic images and one count of sexual activity with a child. Neil Wilson was handed a suspended sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
Prosecutor Robert Colover, told the judge Nigel Peters: ‘The girl is predatory in all her actions and she is sexually experienced.’ Judge Peters told Wilson: ‘You have come as close to prison as is imaginable. ‘I have taken in to account that even though the girl was 13, the prosecution say she looked and behaved a little bit older. ‘You knew she was not nearly 16 as she said and your plea of guilty recognises that you knew. ‘Allowing her to visit your home is something we have to clamp down on and in normal circumstances that would mean a significant term in prison. ‘On these facts, the girl was predatory and was egging you on. ‘That is no defence when dealing with children but I am prepared to impose a suspension.’
Clearly Wilson’s actions are vile and illegal – Judge Peters recognises this in his comments above. However, both has and Colover display poisonous victim-blaming attitudes in the language they use and, ultimately, in Wilson’s sentencing.
The teenager in this case, however much older she seemed/acted, was not of consenting age and experts suggest her behaviour hints at prior abuse.
Paedophilia happens because paedophiles abuse children. Not because children appear older or ‘egg abusers on’.
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