SWINDON, UK - A babysitter who had sex with an 11-year-old boy is being spared jail time after his father defended her in court.
Jade Hatt, 21, was looking after the child last November while he was home sick from school. They boy's father asked the court for mercy over the 45-second sexual encounter. The Daily Mail reports that a judge suspended the sentence because the victim was, unusually mature.
They victim's father is also the babysitter's ex-lover. A prosecutor told the court that Jade Hatt and the man were friends who also shared a brief sexual relationship.
The 11-year-old's father asked Hatt to babysit about six or seven times. On one of those occasions a sexual incident occurred. Prosecutor Hannah Squire told Swindon Crown Court:
"It was during the day and the boy was off school. The defendant arrived at about 11.30am.
"The boy was laying down, Jade Hatt sat on top of him, sat astride him, took off her clothes and removed his.
"In his words she started bouncing on his private parts. Sexual intercourse took place. According to him it was fairly brief: about 45 seconds. She told him she enjoyed it, he said he had not as it was wrong."
The boy's father discovered a 'love bite' and text messages from the babysitter. He called police after discovering what was happening between his son and the woman.
Hatt told police that the 11-year-old lied about his age. She says the boy told her he was 15-years-old even though his father had told her his age. She pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child after the arrest.
"'He is sex mad. He would have been fully up for this experience and in many ways sees it as a notch on his belt and is totally unaffected by it.' One has to say that is a father that knows his son well."
Judge Tim Mousley said the exceptional case allows him to step outside sentencing guidelines:
"Having read everything before me, it was quite clear he was a mature 11-year-old and you were an immature 20-year-old so that narrows the arithmetic age gap between you," the judge told Hatt.
Hatt's six-month jail term was suspended for two years with supervision. She was also ordered to register as a sex offender for the next seven year and banned from having unsupervised contact with young boys for two years.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children slammed the sentence. They say it confirms the incorrect view that child sex abuse on a boy by a woman is 'somehow less serious' than on a girl by a man.