Our thanks to Francis for this. The woman didn’t go to jail, although the boy she sexually abused was 13. Wow, how lucky was she? No, hold on. Female sex offenders rarely serve prison sentences, while male sex offenders invariably do. It’s almost as if there’s a gender bias here somewhere…
From the article:
Judge Karen Holt, sitting at Amersham Crown Court, said: ‘You were trusted to be the babysitter. You clearly knew what you were doing was wrong. [Don’t worry sweetie, I’m going to give it some blah, blah, blah, pretend I give a flying f***, then you’ll walk free as if you’d never sexually abused a 13-year-old boy.]
‘I don’t have a victim impact statement [Note to judge: Why not? Don’t you care, because the victim was a 13-year-old boy, not a 13-year-old girl? Surely you should have insisted on a victim impact statement before sentencing the woman whom sexually abused him?] but there is reference in the papers I have read to [the boy] becoming withdrawn after this happening.
‘I have listened very carefully to everything said on your behalf – I don’t find this an easy case.
‘The law reflects the seriousness of this abuse of trust on a child so young. As far as you are concerned, it is right I take into account the background – you have a sad background. You have not got into trouble despite your poor parenting.
‘Bearing in mind your age and lack of previous convictions, your case doesn’t meet the criteria for any form of imprisonment for public protection.
‘A custodial sentence is appropriate. I have spent some time, bearing in mind all the circumstances, on whether that has to be an immediate custodial sentence. I am just about persuaded I don’t need to send you to prison today.’