A court has annulled a five-year jail sentence for a 60-year-old man who was caught in bed with an 11-year-old girl.
The young girl told authorities she is in love with the much older man, The Mirror reports.
The Supreme Court in the town of Catanzaro ruled the odd couple had a “real relationship” and dropped the charges.
The girl was under the care of the man who works for the town’s social services department, and is said to be from a “disadvantaged background,” according to Metro.
Police went into the man’s home and found him and the girl naked in bed together.
The man was sentenced to five years in jail for sexual violence against a minor. The age of consent in Italy is 14, but rises to 16 when one of the partners is in “position or care over the younger participant,” Metro reports.
Now that the ruling has been appealed, the case is being sent back to the Catanzaro court for retrial. According to The Mirror, there are several levels of appeal before a sentence can be confirmed.
Sources: The Mirror, Metro