A relative of a paedophile who has avoided jail despite admitting repeated sexual activity with a girl has described him as “a monster dressed as an honourable man”.

Simeon Osen, 52, from Chigwell, pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with a girl aged between 13 and 17, three counts of making indecent images of a child and two counts of possessing extreme pornography.

The offences took place between September 2010 and February 4 this year.

Judge Greenwood handed Osen an eight-month suspended sentence at Harrow Crown Court on Monday.

A family member, who asked not to be named, said she was shocked at the leniency of the punishment.

“It is absolutely horrific that he is walking free,” she said.

“He is a monster dressed as an honourable man.”

Earlier this year, broadcaster Stuart Hall had a sentence of 15 months in prison for the abuse of several girls doubled following a review ordered by the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve.

And artist Graham Ovenden’s suspended 12-month sentence was increased to 27 months for six charges of indecency with a child in similar circumstances.

The relative suggested the leniency of Osen's sentence was due to the defendant pleading guilty and his previous “good character”.

Osen is the former chief executive of Ronacrete, a concrete products company responsible for the top of the Shard, and is a supporter of Chabad Lubavitch synagogue in Princes Road, Buckhurst Hill.