A Muslim man who had sex with a 13-year-old girl in Nottingham, Great Britain, has been spared a prison sentence because he was raised in an "isolated" and "closed" community and home, ruled a judge in the Nottingham Crown Court.

Adil Rashid engaged in sex with a 13-year-old who he says he met online. The girl and Rashid exchanged messages using Facebook and over their cellphones until Rashid traveled from Birmingham, where he is from, to Nottingham to rendezvous with the girl. The tryst occurred in a room at a Premier Inn, and afterwards both Rashid and the girl went home.

Authorities were only made aware of the case when the girl told one of her friends what had happened. That friend told the police who then found Rashid. According to Rashid he had no idea that having sex with a 13-year-old was illegal.

Apparently his words fell on sympathetic ears with judge Michael Stokes, who ruled that Rashid had such little experience with sexual matters and ideas that he didn't know it was wrong to molest young girls. "He’s had an unusual education, certainly in terms of the sexual education provided. Comparing women to lollipops is a very curious way of teaching young men about sex.", said the judge.

While the facts may be true that Rashid wasn't ever given formal training or education about legal and illegal sexual guidelines, it is impossible to believe that an 18-year-old with access to the internet and Facebook was unaware of the wrongfulness of having sex with an underage minor.

What's more disturbing than Rashid's perverted act is the fact that the judge was so easily swayed by the argument that Rashid's upbringing afforded him extra protections against the law. Either it is illegal to have sex with minors, or it isn't. That fact shouldn't depend on how you were raised or the way you were taught to look at women.

h/t: Daily Mail




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