An under-fire barrister who labelled a 13-year-old sex attack victim "predatory" is to be barred from sexual offence cases while a review of his conduct is completed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
Prosecutor Robert Colover made the comments when describing the victim of 41-year-old paedophile Neil Wilson - who ultimately walked from court with an eight-month suspended sentence after admitting that he had engaged in sexual activity with the girl at his home.
A CPS spokesman said Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keir Starmer will be undertaking a review of the case to determine what happened and to decide what action needs to be taken.
He added: "We are now considering the involvement of this barrister in sexual offence prosecutions and have advised his chambers that we will not instruct him in any ongoing or future cases involving sexual offences in the meantime."
As well as receiving a number of complaints, from both individuals and an organisation, the CPS was confronted by a petition, with 15,000 signatures and counting, demanding Mr Starmer investigate the language used by Mr Colover.
The self-employed barrister reportedly told a hearing at London's Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday: "The girl is predatory in all her actions and she is sexually experienced."
Judge Nigel Peters said he took into account that the girl looked and behaved older than she was when he decided Wilson's punishment. Wilson, 41, now faces having his sentence reviewed after Attorney General Dominic Grieve agreed to examine the case.
The CPS added: "The word predatory in this context should not have been used and is of real concern to the CPS. It is not consistent with the work that we have undertaken alongside the judiciary and others in the past year to improve attitudes towards victims of abuse.
"We expect all of our prosecutors, including self-employed barristers who act on our behalf, to follow our guidance in these very difficult cases."
David Cameron said he supported the CPS. The Prime Minister said: "I think the CPS are absolutely right to say that what one of their lawyers said was not appropriate. It isn't appropriate. We need a criminal justice system that stands up properly for victims."