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Sentence reduced for convicted pedophile

Convicted Welsh pedophile Michael Glyn Jones had his sentence reduced from eight to five years yesterday during a hearing at the Court of Appeal.

Jones was sentenced in April for the sexual abuse of four girls, purchasing youngsters for child prostitution and indecent acts against a minor.

Judge Tith Sothy Boraleak listened to the concluding remarks of the prosecution and defence before determining that Jones had not had sex with the victims.

But he ordered that a fine of 4 million riel (about $2,500) be upheld and that Jones remain in detention.

The 55-year-old arrived in Cambodia in early 2014 as a tourist, the court heard, and made contact with his victims, girls aged between 6 and 11, offering them small amounts of money and food.

The girls’ mothers filed complaints on June 24, 2014, and he was subsequently arrested after a tip-off from anti-pedophile NGO APLE.

Jones was also ordered to pay 16 million riel to the victims’ families. The Welshman, who could not be reached yesterday, has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

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Without proposing to pass judgment on the allegations in this news report, it should be noted that scientific studies based on legitimate empirical evidence do not support the mass hysteria and moral panic that currently surrounds all sexually expressed child/older person relationships, which are invariably cast as "child molestation/child sex abuse/pedophilia." As masturbation and homosexuality were demonized in the past, these irrational emotional responses are based on ignorance and fear, and are promoted by agenda-driven "victimological" academics who argue that all such relationships are intrinsically pervasively harmful. But is this supposed harm intrinsic to the interaction, or does it instead result from the social hysteria that occurs when such a relationship is discovered? Also, there are no legitimate data supporting intrinsic harmfulness, and no credible pathway or mechanism for such harm has been demonstrated.

There are indeed some people who trick or force children into unwanted sexual interactions. But there are vast differences between consensual sexually expressed child/older person relationships and unilateral "child sexual abuse" by an older person.

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