A 35-year-old UK woman was convicted of sexual assault and sexual activity with a 12-13 year old boy in a Norwich Crown Court. Prosecutor William Carter says Jodie Delray from Easthaugh Road, Lyng, groomed a young boy and an aggravating factor was the influence her age gave her over the boy. The attorney defending Delray argued that the defendant was a very low risk of re-offending. Michael Clare said in her defense he advised her not to show her emotions but indicated he was concerned about the impression she gave the court. Clare said of Delray, "She feels she has been let down in the way she presented herself."
He described her as an individual with a number of health problems such as chronic fatigue syndrome that leave her vulnerable. "Custody for her will be all the more punishment for her. She is someone who will find it extremely difficult." At sentencing, Judge Anthony Bate said he accepted she was a woman of good character previously and he even heard several testimonials from her friends and family who praised her many qualities.
Ultimately Judge Bate said she had been convicted by her own crimes totaling six of the nine counts, "I can do nothing in this case other than my public duty. Full sex began to occur initiated by you. These clandestine sex trysts continued for some time." During sentencing, the judge also indicated the Appeal Court had stressed the point that a teenage boy is often "ill-equipped" to deal with a sexual experience at such an early age. Delray was given a sentence of 5 years and 6 months for her sexual assault and intercourse with the young boy.
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