A JUDGE yesterday sparked outrage by accusing a schoolgirl of seducing a paedophile – and then let the pervert walk free.
David Barnes, 24, met the 13-year-old girl in an internet chatroom and persuaded her to perform a sex act while he watched over a webcam. Police who later raided his home found hundreds of obscene pictures and movies on his computers. One showed a handcuffed five-year-old being raped.
The shop worker from Darlington, Co Durham, admitted 17 specimen charges of making indecent images and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
But when Barnes appeared before Judge Peter Fox at Teesside Crown Court he was given a suspended sentence.