Young woman jailed for sexual activity with teenage boy

Durham Crown Court hears that woman's inappropriate actions caused harm to teenage boy

Durham Crown Court hears that woman's inappropriate actions caused harm to teenage boy

First published in News The Northern Echo: Static HTML image by , Chief Reporter (Durham)

A YOUNG woman who admitted sexual activity with a teenage boy has been jailed for a year.

Durham Crown Court heard that Kay Elizabeth Richardson, 22, made no reply to initial police questioning when she was arrested.

But she admitted two counts of sexual activity with a child when she first appeared at crown court, earlier this month.

Chris Baker, prosecuting, told the court that the incidents badly affected the victim, who felt pressured into taking part.

Peter Kilgour, mitigating, conceded there was “a small element of grooming”, but said the offences were confined to two brief encounters.

He added that Richardson, of Stargate Close, Newton Aycliffe, has never previously been in trouble with police.

Jailing her, Judge Penny Moreland told Richardson: “What you did caused harm.

“It’s not for an adult to behave like that to a child who is too immature to respond to such behaviour.”

Judge Moreland also made Richardson subject to a sexual offences prevention order and registration as a sex offender, both for five years.

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