Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Woman had sex with 12-year-old boy

A woman has been jailed for having sex with a 12-year-old boy

A woman who had sex almost 200 times with a 12-year-old boy has been jailed for nine years.

Angela Sullivan, 36, even gave the boy - who was dubbed "manballs" by school friends - a pair of trainers as a reward after he slept with her for the 100th time.

When police arrested her in October, they found her diary marked with childish entries, and 191 stars against dates when they had sex.

The unemployed single mother, of Cavendish Road, Middlesbrough, admitted 10 specimen charges - relating to one sex session for each month of their fling last year - of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Prosecutor Richard Bennett told Teesside Crown Court that the abuse started on the night of a party she threw at her home in January last year.

"On the 3rd to the 4th January the defendant threw a belated New Year's party," he said.

"Alcohol, including spirits, was available and it seems the young children at the party were freely able to consume it."

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, later told police he had consumed 10 bottles of the vodka-based drink WKD and was very drunk. "The defendant took the intoxicated boy up to bed," Mr Bennett said.

Jailing Sullivan for nine years, Judge John Walford described the case as "shocking". He also condemned her for the psychological effect her conduct would have on the victim and her own son.

Sullivan, who had no previous convictions, was also placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

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