That makes for very unpleasant reading and highlights there needs to be some sort of change within the law. Just because no sexual contact was made there has been no punishment, the intent was most definitely there. If any male or female is having any sort of ill thoughts about a child or is as close to committing a sexual act/offence as this 'man' was/is, then counselling should be sought/forced as a bare minimum, I also think these individuals should have to register any device capable of copying/distributing images from the internet and these devices /their internet history should be searched frequently, meetings should also be recorded and used as a support tool for others who are having similar dark thoughts, a suspended sentence means nothing, why should a child have to be hurt/abused before anything is done?
I also think the child needs some form of counselling, she needs praise/support for speaking out and then it needs to be made clear that this individual overstepped a line which should never be crossed by any 'adult' or any child old enough to know better, its all well and good the parents doing this but parents are known for their nagging/control and sometimes it takes a professional for that child to listen/engage.
The only thing that makes for some positive reading is this 'man' hasn't accused the child of lying which suggests some form of conscience, I do hope this example is both the beginning and end of things and not just the surface that has been scratched.