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Mother-of-three, 38, who gave boy, 12, sweets and crisps to sexually touch her near school is jailed for 10 years

A MUM-OF-THREE who gave a 12-year-old boy sweets and crisps to sexually touch her near a school has been jailed for 10 years.

Deborah Yates, 38, convinced the victim to meet her in a Derby field where the abuse took place.

Derby Crown Court heard the abuse began when Yates kissed and hugged the boy, but it quickly escalated when she told him to put his hands down her trousers.

A jury found the woman guilty of three counts of sexual assault of a child aged under 13, two counts of inciting an under 13 to engage in sexual activity and one count of child abduction, Derbyshire Live reports.

She was cleared of one count of sexual assault of a child and one count inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Today, judge Robert Egbuna jailed Yates for 10 years, calling her "manipulative and deceitful".

The victim said in a victim impact statement that he trusted Yates and saw her as "a provider".

The boy said: "I realise she was being kind to me and bought me stuff so that I would trust her more and let her do what she wanted to me.

'MANIPULATIVE'

"I feel Debbie took advantage of me as I was 12 and didn't understand my feelings. I wish I hadn't believed all she said and fallen into her trap.

"I would like Debbie to go to prison for as long as possible. I would be sad to think she could put another child through what I've been through."

William Bennett, mitigating, said the woman has no prior convictions and after the offences she "lost everything".

He said her husband took her three children to Iraq on on February 3, 2019 and the woman fears she may never see them again.

Mr Bennett said Yates is "concerned" about her time in custody and asked the court to keep the sentence as short as possible.

Andrew Vout, prosecuting, told the court the offences took place in 2017 when both Yates and the boy were living in Derby.

Mr Vout said: “We say she groomed him and had sexual contact with him. She says there was no sexual contact at all. She’s lying.

“She asked him not to go to school and encouraged him to meet her, rewarding him with sweets and drinks.

“She would meet him in a field near his school and encourage him to kiss and touch her.

“She would put her hands down his trousers and touch him (sexually).

“She asked him to do the same, she would give him money, sweets and crisps.”

'CHILD EXPLOITATION'

A teacher later found Yates lying down in bushes with the victim, Derbyshire Live reports.

Derby charity Safe and Sound supported the young boy after Yates was arrested.

CEO Tracy Harrison said: "I particularly want to commend this young boy for his bravery in disclosing what he had been subjected to.

"It was clear from the outset that he had been groomed to believe that this was a healthy, normal relationship and our specialist support worker needed to approach this subject in a careful and empathetic way.

"His confusion about what had happened shows the complex manipulation that children and young people are in danger of in our local communities."

Mrs Harrison added: "This case highlights that child exploitation can affect any young girl or boy regardless of where they live, their family situation, cultural or social background.

"Similarly, perpetrators can be male or female, operate as individuals or in groups and come from all walks of life."

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