A judge in the UK has granted judicial immunity to a woman who was convicted of the sexual assault of a teenage boy.
The judge’s decision, which was made on Tuesday, means that there is no need for a trial in which the complainant and the accused have to testify.
The woman, who is currently a legal resident in the country, had been arrested by police in the United Kingdom for alleged child sexual abuse in November last year.
She was charged with child sex offences in the case.
After a lengthy legal battle, she was cleared of the offences.
The case was dropped by a Crown Prosecution Service judge in January this year.
In a statement to the BBC, the Crown Prosecutions Service said that the case “falls outside the remit of a prosecution”.
The agency said it “had no reason to doubt the accuracy of the information” in the court documents, but the judge’s ruling was not legally binding.
A spokesman for the Crown’s Public Prosecution service said: “The CPS has no power to change a judicial finding of innocence.”
The court said it was “very much aware” that the ruling “does not bind the Crown or the defendant” and that “in certain circumstances” the case could be retried if the court had “no alternative”.
The judge, however, did not explain why the case should be retested in light of the judge “not believing the evidence”.
The BBC’s Anna Holligan in London said the decision is a “big deal” and it will make it harder for the accused man to be charged.
The ruling means that if he is arrested again, he will not be able to go to trial, which is one of the reasons why the trial of the other accused man, a former employee of the company, has been suspended.
“If they’re not charged then it will be more difficult for them to be prosecuted,” Anna said.
“The court has made the decision that there’s no need to proceed.”
The case of the woman, known only as R, is part of a growing number of cases where sexual offences against children have been committed against adults.
A report from the Office for National Statistics said the number of reported sexual offences by adults had risen to 1,000,000 in the year to October, up from 622,000 the previous year.
A number of women are being charged with sexual offences for the first time in their lives, and some are accused of rape.