Teen girls who groom or groom young boys for sexual exploitation will face jail time in England and Wales if a judge decides they have not been acting “properly”, the High Court has ruled.
A court in the UK heard a 15-year-old boy was groomed and abused by a 16-yearold girl, who abused him for “years”, and his 13-year old friend for “several months”.
The boy was initially reluctant to tell his parents what had happened, but he told his mother he was “happy” he was going to tell them.
The boy’s mother had initially supported him, and the court heard he did not report what had been going on to police, or the police, because he was terrified of being arrested.
The teenager’s mother has been jailed for a year and his friend a month.
A judge said he could be “taken back into custody at a later date if there is no further criminal activity”.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had previously been abused by his mother, who had been abusive to him.
The court heard she had “been grooming” the boy for sexual abuse, with him having been groomed by her as a child.
The mother, from St Albans, Hampshire, had also been a victim of stalking and harassment and had been in touch with her son “severally months”.
“The court must not, and cannot, allow a situation of this sort to go on,” Justice Thomas Glynn told the boy’s barrister, Sarah White, QC.
“The courts must be careful not to allow it to go into effect, and it would be a serious injustice to him and the children if that was to happen.”
The victim must have the support of his mother and have the confidence that she can get the support she needs.”
He added: “You have been grooming the young boy for a number of years.”
“I’m absolutely disgusted and horrified by what’s happened. “
I’ve been in this house, and I’ve seen it from the outside, for the last 15 years, and there’s no way you can put someone like this into the system,” he said.
“I’m absolutely disgusted and horrified by what’s happened.
Justice Glynn also ordered a sex offenders’ register be set up in the boy and his mother’s name. “
It’s just completely out of character for someone to groom and groom a young boy.”
Justice Glynn also ordered a sex offenders’ register be set up in the boy and his mother’s name.
He said the “shocking nature of the offending” and the “very high risk” to the boy meant “a jail sentence is required”.
The trial, heard by barrister Robert Grieve QC, continues.
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