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It's bad enough to see a judge fail to act in the best interests of a child. It's positively disgusting to see it done so wilfully and wrongly.

A man in Vicenza, Italy, faced a 12-year prison sentence for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, continuing the appalling relationship for four months.

But Judge Simonetta Matone ruled that Antonio de Pascale's sentence be reduced to one year and four months because there existed "real love" between the man and the girl.

And because of a general amnesty for anyone who draws a sentence fewer than three years, de Pascale likely won't see a day in jail.

It's appalling that a judge can't grasp the concept of protecting children from unscrupulous sexual predators. And each further day that Matone sits on the bench compounds the travesty.

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