In a related story, I read that a British convicted paedophile who was found guilty of sexually assaulting an eight year old girl a few years ago, was then only sentenced to "community order." (Community service.)
I'm mostly interested in answers from people who have some knowledge of the UK justice system.
How could this man avoid jail time for his crime?
Doesn't the United Kingdom have a minimum sentence for sexual child abuse?
Were there some special circumstances in this case that let this man get an extremely mild sentence?