A WOMAN who took part in a horrendous campaign of sexual abuse has been told she faces 'substantial prison sentence' tomorrow morning.

Sandra O'Rourke pleaded guilty to a catalogue of sexual offences.

The 47-year-old faced a total of 13 offences, two counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, seven counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and four sexual assaults on a child.

Teesside Crown Court heard how the victim has been left traumatised by the abuse suffered at the hand of O'Rourke.

Richard Bennett, prosecuting, said the victim came forward after realising that the abuse was not normal.

In a victim personal statement, the court heard of the devastating impact the abuse had on the youngster and the guilt felt after the allegations came to light.

In a section read out to court, the victim said: "I still get flashbacks to what happened. I think it has take quite a lot of my childhood away from me.

"I have been receiving counselling for what happened."

O’Rourke, of Harbour Walk, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to all 13 charges when she appeared at an earlier hearing.

Her barrister, Stephen Constantine, said his client had expressed remorse since her arrest and accepted she was facing a lengthy custodial sentence.

"There will be a significant sentence and your honour has to determine the appropriate length of that," he said.

Reading from a document where his client admitted her offences, Mr Constantine said she wrote: "I can't express how sorry I am."

Judge Stephen Ashurst told O'Rourke that he needed time to consider her sentence and adjourned the case overnight.

He said: "I know you are obviously keen to know what you sentence will be. You acknowledge that we will receive a substantial prison sentence.

"I will explain in some detail the reasons for the sentence that you must serve."

O'Rourke is due to be sentenced at 10.30am tomorrow morning.