The law in Italy took a controversial stand on a court case involving an adult who was found in bed with an 11-year-old girl.
AFP reported on Monday that the Italian high court overturned a ruling wherein a 60-year-old social services worker was caught in bed with an 11-year old girl.
The man, Pietro Lamerti, was originally sentenced in 2011 to five years in prison after the young girl and he were found in bed together without clothes.
Italian Supreme Court authorities felt that the young girl had consented to the acts and that the original sentence should have seriously considered the fact that the girl told that she loved Lamerti.
She had been put into his care due to her impoverished background.
TGCOM24 reported on the incident on Dec 12 that the area of Catanzaro determined that they were in a legitimate romantic relationship.
The girl is under the age of consent, which is 16in Italy if the other person is in an authoritative position.
Il Quotidiano della Calabria released the decision this past month. The court has ordered a retrial in Catanzaro.