A pedophile who molested an 11-year-old girl and gave her an STD has been spared prison and allowed to walk free by a judge.
Joseph Meili, 21, from Springfield, Missouri, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing the 11-year-old girl but instead of serving a lengthy prison sentence, all he got as punishment was supervised probation.
Judge Calvin Holden also dismissed charges of child kidnapping and first-degree statutory rape in exchange for the plea.
Holden has a history of handing down extremely lenient sentences to child molesters. In 2016, he sentenced a 24-year-old man convicted of sexually abusing an 8-year-old child he was babysitting to just 30 days in jail and five years of probation. The sentence sparked a Change.org petition calling for Holden’s removal from the bench.
But in the horrific case of Joseph Meili, who gave his child victim chlamydia, Judge Holden did not see fit to send him to jail at all.
It all started when Meili contacted the girl using an app called ‘Meet Me’. The girl used the app on her mother’s phone. After exchanging a number of messages, the girl finally agreed to meet the man one early morning on July 16.