by Zara Mustapha
A 42-year-old woman who was found guilty of having sex with a 15-year-old boy was spared jail by a judge after she gave birth to the teenage boy’s baby.
The woman, Helen Cartwright, married with two children slept with the teenager who is 27 years her junior after months of flirting. She admitted to the police that she knew the boy was underaged.
Their relationship was initially ‘hugging and kissing’ before they had sex at her home in Dudley, West Midlands, last May.
Cartwright fell pregnant and gave birth to his baby who is now 5-months-old.
Daily Mail reports:
They became a couple after he turned 16 and she left her husband.
Yesterday she was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years, after she admitted sexual activity with a child under 16 at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
She was also given a two-year supervision order and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.
Sentencing her Judge John Warner told Cartwright: ‘You are not necessarily a sophisticated person and clearly gave no thought to the consequences.
‘You should not have allowed things to continue as you did.
‘There is clearly a significant difference in age but if this had happened two months later no crime would have been committed.
‘I have thought long and hard about it, and in this case it may be appropriate to move outside the acceptable sentencing guidelines. Your relationship is now, for better or for worse, a legal one.’
Prosecution: Wolverhampton Crown Court heard Cartwright knew the boy was underage and they had sex after months of flirting
The court heard the lad seduced Cartwright and had sex with her in her home where she lived with her husband and children.
Prosecutor Ms Sati Ruck said: ‘It was the boy who instigated the sexual relationship when he slept with the defendant in her own bed.’
Cartwright was arrested after social services were contacted following a tip-off about her relationship with the boy.
When questioned by officers, Cartwright admitted knowing the lad was underage.
The court heard the pair stopped seeing each other when the police became involved but have rekindled their relationship and now have a child together.
Ms Sharonjit Bahia, defending, said: ‘She admitted her guilt in a police interview and made no attempt to hide her involvement.’
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