A 60-year-old man who was sentenced to five years in jail after getting caught in bed with an 11-year-old girl has had his conviction tossed out after his victim told the court she was in love with him.
According to Italian media, the man is a social services worker from the southern town of Catanzaro, and the girl, a disadvantaged youth, was placed in his care.
A police raid on the man’s seaside cottage resulted in the two being found together in bed.
The man was found guilty of sexual violence against a minor and sentenced to serve five years behind bars, but the sentence was vacated last week by the local Supreme Court after the victim professed her love for the perp.
The judges determined that the two were in a “romantic relationship,” and ordered a retrial.
It is unclear if this decision will ultimately lead to a full acquittal.