Jason Mason, 51, sexually assaulted a toddler when he was a teenager and has now walked free from court on a legal technicality.
The UK man committed the crime in the early 1980s and although today it would be classified as oral rape and hold a maximum life sentence, the charges in the UK at the time would only amount to a three-month sentence, reports the Liverpool Echo.
The now father of five admitted an historic offence of indecent assault, and offenders are punished under the law at the time the crimes were committed.
Judge Denis Watson said he had to give Mason credit for pleading guilty, 'There is no real purpose imposing what would seem to everybody to be a ridiculously short sentence.'
Liverpool Crown Court heard that when the victim was a teen, Mason confessed to him but he made no report to police.
The victim recalled the abuse, when Mason took off both their clothes and said: 'I'll do it to you and you do it to me.'
The victim has gone on to suffer nightmares and bed-wetting for over a decade, he told the court: 'Having to live and cope with what has happened to me has been and still is an everyday struggle.'
Nicholas Walker, Mason's defence attorney, said Mason was 'deeply sorry'.