Our thanks to Mike P for this. An extract:
Andrew Tucker, defending, said his client had ‘let herself down’ and was ‘stupid’ to begin a sexual relationship with the 15-year-old victim.
He said: ‘These incidents occurred when she was at a low ebb. [J4MB: Ah, the “low ebb” defence. So often used as a mitigating circumstance for men who have sex with 15-year-old girls in their charge.] She has overcome through her own hard work very many of those setbacks.
The end of the piece:
Sentencing, Recorder Martin Butterworth told her she had ‘abused the trust’ placed in her by the school and her victim’s parents.
He said: ‘The victim was in your care. You had received the appropriate training for vulnerable children.
‘He caught your eye and there was grooming behaviour from you towards him.
‘The fact accepted by the prosecution is that he consented and you weren’t abusing him against his will makes no difference at all to the fact you took advantage of a vulnerable child to satisfy your own sexual needs.
‘Over many hours you groomed him with trips in your car, and you provided him with alcohol and you were treating him as a potential partner.
‘He is a child and you abused your trust and him.’
Let’s try the gender switcheroo on two of those sentences:
‘She caught your eye and there was grooming behaviour from you towards her.
‘The fact accepted by the prosecution is that she consented and you weren’t abusing her against her will makes no difference at all to the fact you took advantage of a vulnerable child to satisfy your own sexual needs.’
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