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"He manipulated her to such a degree of dependence that she was prepared to lie to her parents." The mother of one of the girls said the length of sentence was "disgusting" because her daughter would have to live with it for the "rest of her life" and the whole family was under a "dark cloud".She said realising "what he'd done to her was wrong" had left a deep scar on the girl.But a Crown Prosecution Service spokesman has told the BBC they will be seeking advice from counsel before deciding whether to appeal because the sentence was too lenient.Wheeler was told by Judge Philip Curl, passing sentence at Norwich Crown Court, he would be freed on licence after serving half his sentence providing he behaved well.The electronics engineer had contacted the first girl through the internet when she was 11, and then "groomed her" for two years, buying her presents and taking her to the cinema.
Detectives believe Wheeler deliberately exploited the current law on sentencing by waiting until the girls were 13 before having sex with them so he could avoid being jailed for life if caught.
She said she could only imagine her daughter had been "brain-washed" by Wheeler.
Wheeler admitted five counts of having unlawful sex with the girls and six counts of indecently assaulting them.
He added: "Mr Wheeler feels terrible, disgusted and ashamed.
He accepts what he has done was wrong." Judge Philip Curl made it clear the girls had been groomed and the offences were extremely serious.