Children’s charities have reacted with anger after a window cleaner who raped a girl of 10 was jailed for two years.
Keith Fenn, 24, will be free in four months after a judge said the girl, who was attacked in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, had appeared older.
The charity Kidscape accused Judge Julian Hall of “trying to find excuses” and said a child must never be blamed.
Attorney General Lord Goldsmith is to decide whether the sentence should be appealed against as “unduly lenient”.
Oxford Crown Court heard that Fenn raped the girl in a park on 14 October, before an accomplice, Darren Wright, 34, took her home and sexually assaulted her.
Judge Hall said in sentencing he faced a moral dilemma as the fact they had sex within 45 minutes of meeting was an absolute crime.
But he said the girl had dressed provocatively and looked as though she was 16.
Lawyers for the defendants stressed that the sex had been consensual, and was only termed ‘rape’ because of the framework of law.
Oh well she was dressed provocatively and looked sixteen, what a horror that he was sentenced at all.
It was only termed rape because of the framework of the law?? WTF??