ABUSE BABY SITTER 'SHOULD BE JAILED; Lawyers set to appeal 'lenient' sex attack sentence: NEWS REPORT.
PROSECUTORS may appeal a 'soft sentence' handed to a teenage babysitter who abused two young sisters live on a webcam for a watching paedophile.
The 17 year-old girl attacked the four and three year-old in a sickening ordeal after being encouraged by pervert Kirk Thompson.
The paedophile, 24 and from Kitts Green, Birmingham, was jailed for two years for masterminding the abuse.
But his female accomplice escaped jail and received just a three-year community supervision order.
Now the Crown Prosecution Service may ask the Court of Appeal to judge whether the twisted teenager should have been given a custodial sentence.
Hayley Firman, district crown prosecutor for Birmingham, said: "We are considering appealing against the sentence given to the 17 year-old female at Birmingham Crown Court on January 28 for sexual assault. This is the first stage in the process of deciding whether the sentence in the circumstances was unduly lenient. "The final decision on whether there are grounds for an application to the Court of Appeal will rest with the Attorney General's Office."
The 17 year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of sexual assault on a child under 13 and a second offence of sexual activity with a child under 13.
Both she and Thompson were banned from working with children and put on the Sex Offenders' Register.
After sentencing, Philip Parker QC, the judge in charge of the case, refused a request by the Sunday Mercury to allow us to name the teenager.
Last night, the brave little victims' mum welcomed the potential appeal. I said all along that she should go to prison for what she's done, so I'm pleased they are looking at it," she said.
"I understand why the judge didn't lock her up as she needs treatment but I still don't think she knows what she did was wrong. Prison could change that."
The sick pair carried out the attack last July while the babysitter was looking after the victims and their baby brother.
It was just after lunch when Thompson and the teenager began an instant chat conversation on Microsoft's Messenger service.
After a brief exchange, he asked the babysitter to plug in the webcam so he could see into the family's home.
Four minutes after that Thompson urged her to "show off" one of the girls by abusing her on camera.
He then exposed himself - while the pair joked that the child would not know what was going on as she was so young.
When the victim complained about what was happening, they even used the chat language expression of "lol" - which means ''laugh out loud".
The 24 year-old pervert then asked her to abuse the second sister, but instead the babysitter lifted up the youngster's dress for the webcam.
The weblog, which ended after 35 minutes, was later found by the mum of the girls and she called in police.
Meanwhile, thousands of people have also joined an internet group calling for the babysitter to be jailed.
The mum added: "To know there are people out there who want to give us support has really helped."
SICKENING: Kirk Thompson who encouraged the abuse of the two young sisters, and how we reported the story last week
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|Publication:||Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)|
|Date:||Feb 7, 2010|
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