Op-ed: Question-when is a paedophile not a paedophile? Answer-when he has links to the establishment and comes from a wealthy background.
This week ex-England footballer Adam Johnson, 27, has been found guilty of "a charge of sexual touching, but not guilty on a charge relating to another sexual act." The victim was a 15-year-old girl.
[Underage sex is a lesser known section of the Sexual Offences Act of 2003. It deals with sexual activity between adults and children who are over the age of 13 but under the legal age of consent, 16. Simply, if a grown-up has sex with a consenting teenager aged between 13 and 15, the act is not automatically considered rape.]
The abuse began after Adam Johnson accepted a Facebook friend request from a teenage superfan. They exchanged numbers and began chatting; she told him her age 15. The pair arranged to meet. They allegedly engaged in 'sexual activity' in his Range Rover, following almost two weeks of flirting via WhatsApp. Johnson admitted kissing her but denied anything further.
After he stood her up when they had arranged to meet for a third time she sent Snapchats from outside his home to friends and the rumour machine went into overdrive. She told all to her father and they went to the police.
Johnson, who grew up in a working-class northern, coal-mining community was told by the judge Wednesday to expect a jail term of between 5 and 10 years. When he has served his time in jail he will be allowed back into society but will be placed on
He has squandered his career, family life and personal wealth; all the privileges that go hand in hand with a successful career in football in the UK are lost. He has brought the game into disrepute.
"Judge Jonathan Rose has warned Johnson he faces jail and told him to "say goodbye to your daughter"."
You can read more about Johnson's crimes here at BBC News.
But then we have a young man, an Eton College student, Andrew Picard who was found to have more than 2,000 indecent images of children on his computer; Picard encouraged youngsters to strip for him on a webcam.
According to the Daily Mail Picard was aged 17 when he committed the crimes between January and February 2015; crimes which include "making and distributing ‘appalling’ indecent images of children and bestiality film clips." In October a magistrate's court decided the charges against Picard were too serious for him to be tried at such a court.
We shall leave the Picard story there and hand over to the text of a petition to Alison Saunders, the Attorney General DPP which demands "REVIEW SENTENCE OF ETON STUDENT ANDREW PICARD WHO SHARED PHOTOS OF CHILD OF 2 BEING RAPED."
Eton student who shared 'appalling' abuse photos from his dorm computer of children as young as two being raped is SPARED jail.
One man, a young father aged 27, the other ten years his junior a teenager well-used to a life of privilege.
The first could be jailed for up to ten years but the second was handed down a ten-month prison term, suspended for 18 months.
Johnson had to sign the sex offenders' register Picard as far as we know did not.
In fact there are rumours that Picard is in fact not his real name - Andrew Boeckman was allowed to use his mother’s maiden name of Picard during his trial and the subsequent reporting.
In the case of Picard Judge Peter Ross, who passed the sentence, said some of the images were so appalling that he could not bring himself to describe them.
Eton is a prestigious private school near Windsor, Berkshire, where many leading Tory politicians have been educated, including David Cameron and Boris Johnson. If Piggate is true David Cameron and some other old Etonians get up to strange shenanigans once they leave that school and go on to Oxford University.
Please sign the petition by following this link
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