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Judge's praise of rapist who wore condom irks women's groups

LONDON -- A judge who sentenced a man to three years in jail for raping a prostitute has outraged women's groups for commending the rapist's use of a condom.

'You showed concern and consideration by wearing a contraceptive,' British newspapers quoted Judge Arthur Myerson as saying when he passed sentence Thursday on Brian Huntley, 22, of the northeast town of Hull.

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The man had pleaded guilty to rape and robbery.

According to court records, Huntley lured a 19-year-old prostitute to an isolated block of garages on the pretext of paying for sex, then refused to pay, raped her and stole her purse. At the pleading of the victim, he agreed to wear a condom.

The judge, in his ruling, declared prostitutes 'are vulnerable and often treated with a degree of contempt.'

Women's groups said they were angered by the leniency of the York Crown Court's decision. A spokeswoman for Women Against Rape, Clare Glasman, told the Daily Express newspaper Friday Myerson should be sacked for his comments.

'Women have the right to dignity and protection, irrespective of what they do for a living,' she said. 'Wearing a condom has nothing to do with it.

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Labor Party Member of Parliament Bob Cryer said the decision to give a lenient sentences gives 'a carte blanche for other potential rapists'

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