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'It is abhorrent that anyone in their 20s should, in effect, go unpunished for something that could have led to a far more serious offence.

'Intellectually, ethically, morally and in every other way you can't point the finger at a 13-year-old and blame her.

My concern is for the future - the protection of other children.' Guidelines allow sentences of up to seven years for inciting children to engage in sexual activity and up to ten years in jail for the most serious pornography.

Last night, a spokesman for the National Victims Association described it as 'abhorrent' that Barnes should, 'in effect, go unpunished'.

Teesside Crown Court heard how Barnes was arrested at his family home in October 2009 following an operation carried out by Staffordshire Police.

A judge has been criticised for allowing a child sex pervert to walk free from court after accepting that the defendant had been 'seduced' by a 13-year-old.

A national victims' group hit out saying it was 'intellectually, ethically, morally' wrong to lay any blame on the 13-year-old girl and described the sentencing as 'abhorrent'.

Judge Fox admitted people would be 'puzzled to say the least' at his decision.

Cybercrimes can be defined as: "Offences that are committed against individuals or groups of individuals with a criminal motive to intentionally harm the reputation of the victim or cause physical or mental harm, or loss, to the victim directly or indirectly, using modern telecommunication networks such as Internet (networks including but not limited to Chat rooms, emails, notice boards and groups) and mobile phones (Bluetooth/SMS/MMS)".

Issues surrounding these types of crimes have become high-profile, particularly those surrounding hacking, copyright infringement, unwarranted mass-surveillance, sextortion, child pornography, and child grooming.

In this context, the fraud will result in obtaining a benefit by: Other forms of fraud may be facilitated using computer systems, including bank fraud, carding, identity theft, extortion, and theft of classified information.

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