Prosecutors told a Telford grooming victim's father they couldn't prosecute the alleged abuser because the 13-year-old had consented to have sex with the man, according to uncovered documents.
The letter was discovered after papers were handed over to the Home Office as part of the ongoing investigation into what may be Britain's 'worst ever' child abuse scandal.
It was sent from the Crown Prosecution Service to a father in 2016, and stated the branch couldn't prosecute the man because although the young girl may not have wanted to have sex, she agreed she would.
Prosecutors told a Telford grooming victim's father they couldn't prosecute the alleged abuser because the 13-year-old had consented to have sex with the man, according to documents
1980s Girls in Telford are targeted by groups of mainly Asian men
1996 A resident goes to police with information about a key abuser selling underage girls for sex
Late 1990s Social workers learn of the problem but do little to help
2000 Lucy Lowe, 16, is killed alongside her mother and sister in an arson attack by abuser Azhar Ali Mehmood
2002 Abuse victim Becky Watson, 13, is killed in a road accident described as a 'prank'
2010-2012 Police probe Operation Chalice identifies potential 200 abusers but only nine are jailed
2016 MP Lucy Allan calls for public inquiry but police and council officials in Telford write to Home Secretary Amber Rudd saying this isn't necessary
March 2018 As many as 1,000 victims are believed to have been abused
The existence of the letter was first reported by Sky News, and read: 'The defence that was put forward in this case was that she willingly met the suspect and had consensual sexual intercourse with him.
'Also at the time this took place the suspect held a reasonable belief that she was over the age of 16.
'In her statements to the police she was clear that although she may not have wanted sexual intercourse with the suspect, she agreed to do so.'
Last Monday, it was announced that the National Independent Inquiry into Child Exploitation would talk to grooming victims as part of its 'Truth Project'.
It came about due to claims that cases were mishandled by authorities in the Shropshire town, with many perpetrators going unpunished, and reports that similar abuse was continuing in the