Child sex case sentence to be reviewed

THE case of a paedophile who sexually assaulted children in Clevedon over a 14 year period is to be reviewed by the Crown Prosecution Service. Jehovah's Witness Michael Porter, aged 38, of Okehampton Close, North London, got a three year community rehabil

THE case of a paedophile who sexually assaulted children in Clevedon over a 14 year period is to be reviewed by the Crown Prosecution Service.Jehovah's Witness Michael Porter, aged 38, of Okehampton Close, North London, got a three year community rehabilitation order for abusing young boys.The Attorney General has said Porter's sentence, imposed at Bristol Crown Court in July, was 'unduly lenient'.The court heard how the married church elder, who grew up in Portishead, groped boys as they slept in their bed or took advantage of tiny children, one just 18-months-old, as he babysat them.The 38-year-old was only brought to book after he was reported to the elders of the Jehovah's Witness church in Portishead. He then made a full confession to his own church group in London.He admitted three charges of committing an act of gross indecency and 22 charges of indecent assault and was handed a three year community rehabilitation order and slapped with a Sexual Offences Prevention Order stopping him from having unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18 and living or sleeping at an address where there are children under 18 until further order.The Court of Appeal will now review the case to decide whether to increase Porter's sentence.A statement from the Attorney General's office said: "After a careful review, the Attorney General Baroness Scotland has decided to refer the sentence."She considers the sentence to be unduly lenient."It will now be for the Court of Appeal to decide at a future hearing whether or not to increase the sentence.


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