A 32-year-old mum has been cleared of knowingly having sex with a 14-year-old boy because she thought he was older.

Teah Vincent wept uncontrollably at Gloucester Crown Court when the jury returned their verdict after just one hour and four minutes.

Over the four-day trial, the mum-of-three admitted to initiating sex with the teenager at her home in Woolaston, Gloucestershire but told she believed he was over 16.

The court heard that the boy and another 14-year-old were playing football near her home on October 21st 2018, when she invited them in for a soft drink.

Teah Vincent appeared at Gloucester Crown Court

She then allegedly took one of the boys upstairs to her bedroom, stripped naked and pulled him down onto her bed where she straddled him and had sex.

The jury of eight men and four women found Vincent not guilty of knowingly having sex with an under-age boy, leading to Judge Ian Lawrie QC discharging her.

The verdict came after late evidence emerged in the trial on Wednesday about the false date of birth the boy had given on his Facebook profile.

The youth was recalled to the witness box and explained that he had entered the false date of birth after being given a new phone for his 13th birthday.

Teah Vincent, 32, took a boy up to her bedroom after seeing him football with a friend

Pressed about what age he told Ms Vincent he was he said: "I definitely did not tell her I was 16 going on 17."

During her evidence to the jury yesterday Ms Vincent said "I'm sure he told me he was 16 and I felt he looked much older.

"It didn't occur to me that he might be underage.

"He definitely didn't tell me he was in Year 9, or that he was only 14, before we had sex."

Defence barrister Catherine Flint, in her final speech to the jury before they retired to consider their verdict, said: "Can you be sure he told her she was 14 before they had sex or had he lied about his age?"

Teah Vincent told the court she thought the boy was older

Judge Ian Lawrie QC told the jury before they retired: "The issues in the case are straightforward. It comes down to the question of the boy's age.

"The victim was a young virgin and she was a lot older than him, being more than twice his age. Ms Vincent took the lead sexually.

"Ms Vincent stated that the boy was flirting with her before he was taken upstairs to her bedroom. This might seem to be stretching credibility, as he was naive about sexual matters.

"Ms Vincent had never met the boy before, but had seen friends of his who were a lot older than him. She said she believed he was much older."