Judge Acquits Man Who Raped 12-Yr-Old Because ‘Adult-Child Sex’ Is ‘Part of His Culture’

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A 20-year-old man who raped and impregnated a 12-year-old child has walked free from a Spanish courtroom on Tuesday after the judge ruled that the child “consented” to the sexual encounter and that pedophilia was justified by the man’s culture.

Earlier this week, the court of Ciudad Real in central Spain ruled that the “socio-cultural context” of the Gypsy ethnic group was a factor to be considered in the case of the man charged with the assault and abuse of a minor.

The “socio-cultural context” resulted in the perpetrator, who also impregnated his 12-year-old victim with twins, being fully acquitted. 

In the ruling, the court stated that the adult-child sexual activity was always consensual and “within the framework of a romantic relationship,” despite the fact the age of consent in Spain is 16 and children cannot consent to sex with adults under any circumstances.

Absurdly, the court also stated that the 12-year-old child was “close in age and maturity” to her abuser.

Publica reports: The man was first arrested after the child attended a doctor’s visit and was found to be pregnant. While prosecutors had fought for a sentence of 11 years, the court ruled to acquit despite the fact that the girl was four years under the age of consent.

This is not the first case of child sexual assault where the court took into consideration customs followed by some of Spain’s Romani population. 

On May 27, just one day before the Ciudad Real ruling, the Provincial Court of Leon reduced a sentence for a 24-year-old Gypsy man who was found guilty of sexually assaulting his child bride.

Although the unnamed man impregnated the girl three times when she was between the ages of 12 and 15, the court concluded that in Gypsy culture “couple unions occur at very early ages,” a circumstance that acted as a mitigating factor. 

Though he was originally sentenced to 37 years in prison, the man’s term was reduced to just 8 years and nine months.

The cases have prompted outrage in Spain, with some politicians coming forward to condemn the courts.

Beatriz Micaela Carrillo, a member of the Congress of Deputies representing Seville, called the ruling an “absolute shame,” adding: “The Criminal Code does not exclude the protection of Roma minors, otherwise it would be defending that abusing, assaulting or raping Roma girls has few legal consequences.”

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