A South Derbyshire mum who bribed a boy with crisps and sweets as a reward for touching her sexually has been jailed for 10 years.
Deborah Yates, of Swadlincote Road, Woodville, was found to have been meeting up with the 12-year-old child when he should have been in school.
These meetings were found to have taken place in a field, and on one occasion the 38-year-old was discovered lying next to him in some bushes and hastily rearranging her clothing.
During her trial, which was held last month, the court heard how the abuse began with kissing and hugging the child, before she began asking him to put his hands down her trousers.
A jury at Derby Crown Court spent more than a day deliberating before finding the mother-of-three 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.
They cleared her of one count of sexual assault of a child and one count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
On Monday, April 19, Judge Robert Egbuna jailed Yates for 10 years, calling her "manipulative and deceitful".
In a victim impact statement which was read out at court, the boy said he had trusted Yates and she had taken advantage of him.
"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," he said.
"I now feel stupid. When I was 12 I saw Debbie as a provider."
He said the gifts she given him had made him like her even more.
"Sometimes I was not nice to people who were just looking out for me," he said.
"I feel disgusted by what Debbie has done. She was the adult and should have known better.
"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: "Prior to this conviction, she had no criminal convictions or cautions against her.
"As a result of these offences she has really lost everything.
"Her husband on February 3, 2019, took her three children to Iraq, where they remain and the defendant fears she may never see them again.
"She's put into a custodial setting for the first time, she's found it a frightening and humbling experience.
"She's very concerned about how she will get through her time in custody. I can only ask the court, as a mercy, to keep the sentence as short as possible.."
Judge Egbuna said he could clearly remember the emotional evidence given by the victim's mother during the trial.
"When she gave evidence she said she had noticed the change in her son," he said.
"In her own words she said she had lost her soft little boy, her little monkey, who always wanted to help.
"He would hit his younger brother and even threatened to kill her [his mother].
"When she tried to hug him he did not want her to touch him.
"This was as a result of your [Yates'] behaviour."
Judge Egbuna said Yates had continued to see the victim despite being warned not to by the police. He said that she had groomed him.
He added that he had found Yates had tried to fool the jury into thinking she was less intelligent than she is.
He said. "I observed you while you were giving evidence. You sought to suggest to the jury you are someone who has difficulty reading and comprehending what was going on.
"That was far from the truth. You are both manipulative and deceitful.
"Those treats allowed you to groom this young boy.
"What that family went through is difficult to put into words."
Yates, formerly of Chaddesden, had denied all the charges. She showed no emotion when her sentence was read out to her as she appeared over video link from HMP Foston Hall.
In addition to the 10-year prison term, Yates was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life and given a sexual harm prevention order until further order.
To find out more about more about child exploitation, warning signs and the support available to young people and their families, please visit www.safeandsoundgroup.org.uk
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