Rotherham woman is jailed for sexually abusing boy

Rotherham woman is jailed for sexually abusing boy

By Michael Upton | 28/04/2022

Rotherham woman is jailed for sexually abusing boy

 

A “CALCULATING” mum of three who “seduced” and sexually abused a teenage boy has been jailed for 21 months.

Sheffield Crown Court heard the impact on the victim of being groomed for sexual activity by Laura Stephenson had been “devastating”.

When details of the abuse came to light, the court was told, Stephenson initially claimed the boy had instigated it.

But when she appeared before the court on Monday, the 28-year-old admitted, and was sentenced for, three offences of sexual activity with a child.

Stephenson’s barrister, Ms Katy Rafter, argued that any prison sentence should be suspended, highlighting how the mum, of Windmill Road, North Anston, was responsible for the care of four young children.

But Judge Michael Slater told her she must go to jail.

He said: “You seduced this boy while you were experiencing difficulties in your relationship.

“You’ve suggested elsewhere that it was the complainant who instigated the behaviour which occurred between yourself and him.

“I wholly reject that, having read the victim personal statement he provided.”

The judge — who described the victim’s statement as “moving and disturbing” — said he had also heard from the boy’s mother about the effect Stephenson’s “selfish” behaviour had taken.

He added: “I find the allegations and offences are so serious in nature, and have had such a devastating effect on the young complainant at a particularly crucial time in his development, as he graphically describes, that the only appropriate course of action is for me to impose terms of immediate imprisonment.”

The judge said he was bearing in mind when passing sentence the “damaging effect” Stephenson’s imprisonment would have on her own children and another child she cared for.

But he added: “These offences were quite calculated by you and took place in a background of you sending this young man pictures of yourself.”

Judge Slater imposed consecutive sentences of nine months and 12 months for two separate offences of sexual activity with a child involving penetration and no separate penalty for one related to kissing.

Stephenson was also ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders’ Register for ten years and handed a sexual harm prevention order for the same period.