Judges – Lenient sentences

Soft judges let off ten child perverts a week

TEN child sex fiends are spared jail EVERY week by soft judges, shock figures reveal.

It means nearly HALF of all guilty paedos are let off, many despite crimes spanning decades.

Among 531 perverts to get community sentences or cautions last year were 40 who abused children through porn or forced them into vice.

One sicko who walked free from court had 29 convictions and another 27.

In total, of 1,174 paedophiles found guilty last year, only 643 were jailed, Ministry of Justice stats show.

Hundreds more beasts convicted of sex attacks on adults got off with the kind of lenient punishments that have sparked The Sun’s Say No To Soft Justice crusade.

They included 55 rapists and 1,155 men found guilty of sexually assaulting women — half the total.

MPs last night accused Justice Secretary Ken Clarke of putting kids at risk as he bids to slash inmate numbers.

Tory Priti Patel said: “This shockingly illustrates what’s wrong with our justice system.The priority must be to protect the public from these vile criminals who harm children.

“The answer is to ensure these prolific offenders are kept behind bars.”

The 43 police forces in England and Wales that released info recorded 23,097child sex offences in 2011 and is equivalent to 444 attacks a week — or one child abused every 20 minutes

Just some of the sentences in 2011/2012 that were “Unduly lenient” 

Click the name of each offender to open full report

In May 2012  A JUDGE took pity on a sex offender and decided sending him to prison would be “utterly cruel”. Andrew Jackson, 48, twice stalked schoolgirls aged 13 and 14 and attacked a disabled woman he claimed was a prostitute. But Judge Jeremy Richardson QC allowed him to walk free, saying it would border on cruelty to jail him because he suffers from Asperger syndrome.

In March 2012 Roger Borton, a married father who downloaded a million indecent images after developing an obsession for collecting child abuse images walked free from court with a 12 month suspended sentence. Borton admitted some of the images were at Level 5, the most serious

In April 2011 A JUDGE has sparked fury by freeing a paedophile — after saying his 13-year-old victim had seduced HIM. Twisted David Barnes, 24, encouraged the teenager to perform intimate acts while he watched on a webcam, also had images of the most indecent type of child rape on his computer. Walked free with a suspended sentence.

In March 2012 David Reed was convicted of sexually abusing a youngster has been handed a suspended jail term. He denied wrongdoing but a jury found he abused the girl when she was aged between five and eight. Reed was found guilty of four indecent assaults, four gross indecencies, four sexual assaults and four charges of inciting a youngster aged under-13 to engage in sexual activity.

In May 2012 A babysitter who molested a six-year-old boy has been spared a prison sentence. Andrew Filer abused the boy while the youngster’s parents were out in December 2009. Police arrested Filer the next day and he admitted that he had pulled down the boy’s trousers and sexually abused him for about ten minutes

Those given a slap on the wrist included Windsor Castle guide Ross Thomas, 76, of Slough, Berks — who repeatedly attacked a boy, 11, but got a suspended term.

Depraved Cyril Maxwell, 67, got a four-year suspended sentence last week for nine assaults on the lad between 1968 and 1970.

AN 89-year-old man who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl has been spared jail. Dennis Perry was given a six-month community order and forced to sign onto the Sex Offenders Register for five years. Perry held his victim down on a bed, kissing and groping her for about 15 minutes during the attack in 2010

In March 2011 A RETIRED Worcestershire postman who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl at a holiday park has avoided jail. Malcolm Grogan has been given a three-year community order

In Jan 2011 SUFFOLK Scout troop assistant Ryan Jameson who took pictures of three children after blindfolding them and tying their hands has walked free from court after a judge decided he needed help rather than punishment

William D’Arcy faced court in May 2012. After three hours’ deliberation, the jury returned a unanimous verdict that he did commit six rapes and 14 offences of gross indecency against the children. D’Arcy was given a two-year supervision order and told to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.

In June 2011 Simon Hill admitted indecently assaulting a 13-year-old girl in 2003 and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in 2009. Judge Hart sentenced him to a three-year community order with supervision and a requirement to attend the Thames Valley Sex Offender programme for 60 days

In Jan 2012 A paedophile from whom police seized one million indecent images of children has been given a suspended jail term. Robert James Barrow, 57, of Plaistow, east London, admitted to making and possessing indecent images of children. Barrow was sentenced to a 12-month jail term suspended for two years

In July 2011 A man walked free from court, despite pleading guilty to engaging in sexual activity with an 8-year-old girl. Marcin Gamus, 31, was given a three-year community order and ordered to attend a sex offenders’ treatment programme for inappropriately touching the youngster in Stretham

In June 2011  A former Canterbury school teacher who kissed and fondled a teenage girl has been ordered to take therapy to deal with his sex offending. Anthony Carlile, 28, was seen to stroke the girl’s thigh before inviting her back to his home. He admitted abusing his position of trust to engage in sexual activity and was given a two-year community order.

March 2011 A sex offender who sat naked in his car in a busy leisure centre car park masterbating while looking at children has dodged jail. Nick Watts also had 22,000 indecent images of children, of various levels of seriousness. Given a 10-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, after admitting a total of 23 charges.

In Feb 2012 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. But Ali avoided jail with a 12-month suspended sentence after a top judge ruled he was ‘not a paedophile as such’.

October 2011 Gordon Edwards, aged 52, and his twisted brother Ronald, aged 56, were both given suspended jail sentences for a catalogue of vile offences involving girls aged between nine and 14 which took place more than 30 years ago.

July 2011 A PAEDOPHILE from Faversham who said he viewed 11-year-old girls as “young women” has been handed a community order. Lewis Harris, admitted looking at indecent images when browsing a website designed as a “meeting place” for those with a sexual interest in children.

The Ministry of Justice said convictions and jail terms for sex offenders were up but added: “Sentencing is a matter for judges.”

In 2002, Judge David Paget handed down a suspended sentence to a paedophile who police believe was part of ring that abused hundreds of children over many years. 80-year-old Trevor Mellis was given two years probation for taking and distributing images of child abuse. Despite having a string of sexual abuse convictions against children, he never served any time in jail.

In June 1993 Judge Ian Starforth Hill described the 8-year-old victim of attempted rape as “not entirely an angel herself” and gave her attacker two years probation.

Judge Sir Harold Cassel QC in 1988 refused to jail an ex-policeman for indecently assaulting his 12-year-old stepdaughter, who had learning difficulties. He said the man was driven to assault the girl because his wife’s pregnancy had dimmed her sexual appetite, causing “considerable problems for a healthy young husband”.

See also profiles on lenient judges

Judge Julian Hall,    Judge Graham Cottle,    Judge Mary Mowat,    Judge Peter Fox