Judge Defends Sentencing of Man in Child Prostitution Case, Called It a ‘Special Relationship’
Judge Griffin said another co-accused, who was sentenced in May this year, was jailed for seven years after maintaining a much longer unlawful relationship with the child, which started when she was aged nine.
But he said the man’s offending was “calculated” and “degrading” and warranted significant punishment.
“WHAT IS SERIOUS ABOUT YOUR BEHAVIOR WITH THE CHILD IS THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP YOU MAINTAINED WITH HER, OVER AND ABOVE THAT PROMOTED BY THE MOTHER,” JUDGE GRIFFIN SAID.
He said he would reduce the head sentence in order to reflect the man’s ill-health and the fact he had not engaged with the child at a young age like the other clients had.
He ordered the man’s jail term be suspended after 20 months served and took into account 141-days of pre-sentence custody.
If I am reading this right, the mother got a longer sentence than the customer.