do we seriously think that a female teacher sleeping
with a male pupil is on a par with a male teacher sleeping
with a girl pupil? I don’t.
A babysitter who had sex with an 11-year-old boy was spared jail after a judge declared that her immaturity “narrowed the arithmetic age gap” between them.
Jade Hatt, 21, was looking after the “sex-mad” youngster when she stripped off, removed his clothes, then straddled him and had sexual intercourse.
However, the boy’s father – who had a previous sexual relationship with the woman – defended Hatt in court and described her as immature.
He said his son was “fully up for the experience” and regarded it as a “notch on his belt”.
Passing sentence, Judge Tim Mousley QC said it was an exceptional case that allowed him to step outside the rigours of thesentencing guidelines.
He told Hatt: “Having read everything before me, it was quite clear he was a mature 11-year-old and you were an immature 20-year-old so that narrows the arithmetic age gap between you.
“I have read the comments of the boy’s father to the police where he doesn’t consider you a typical 20-year-old. I have also read what he has said about the effect on the victim.”
The NSPCC said the remarks “beggared belief” and sent out completely the wrong message.
A spokesman said: “The judge’s comments confirm a common view in society that the abuse of a young boy by a woman is somehow less serious than the abuse of a girl by a man.
“The offender in this case has escaped extremely lightly and you have to wonder whether, in the same circumstances, a man would have been treated the same.”
Swindon Crown Court heard the incident, which took place last November, lasted around 45 seconds, following which the boy admitted he had not enjoyed it as he knew it was wrong.
Hannah Squire, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was friends with the boy’s father, with whom she had had a brief sexual relationship.
“He would ask her to babysit; she had babysat his 11-year-old son on six or seven occasions. On one of those occasions this offence took place.
“It was during the day and the boy was off school. The defendant arrived at about 11.30am. The boy was laying down, Jade Hatt sat on top of him, sat astride him, took off her clothes and removed his.
“In his words she started bouncing on his private parts. Sexual intercourse took place. According to him it was fairly brief: about 45 seconds. She told him she enjoyed it, he said he had not as it was wrong.”
She said the boy’s father noticed he had a love bite on his neck and text messages from Hatt were diverted to his phone, revealing what had taken place.
Police were called and, when arrested, Hatt told officers the boy had told her he was 15, even though she knew his age as his father had told her. Hatt, from Swindon, Wiltshire, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child.
Rob Ross, defending, said his client was a “small, immature, woman” and the victim was “very advanced” for his years.
In a statement, the boy’s father said: “I know he told her he was 15. He looks older than his years.
“He is sex mad. He would have been fully up for this experience and in many ways sees it as a notch on his belt and is totally unaffected by it.”
Mr Ross said Hatt “clearly doesn’t operate at the level of a 20-year-old” and was honest with the police about what had taken place.
He said she was vulnerable and had a hard upbringing, spending two years in hospital with leukaemia between the ages of five and seven.
Judge Mousley imposed a six-month jail term – suspended for two years with supervision – and said Hatt must register as a sex offenderfor seven years.
She was also banned from having unsupervised contact with young boys for two years.
The NSPCC spokesman added: “The victim’s voice appears to have been ignored as despite his own father claiming that his son was ‘fully up for the experience’ the boy himself said he had not enjoyed it and knew it was wrong.
“The effects of sexual abuse can be long lasting and it’s essential that this boy is offered the necessary support.”