March 2010

Mother jailed over sex act with 15-year-old

A mother has been jailed for sexual activity with a schoolgirl in front of Internet voyeurs.

Crystal Slaney, 25, drank vodka with the 15-year-old last year, before speaking with several men on Internet chat facility MSN messenger.

The pair then engaged in sexual activity on a web cam at the men’s request in front of Slaney’s 19-month-old son.

Prosecuting barrister Mark Bury said: “On the face of it, there was no remonstration by the complainant at the time.

“But the next day she told her mother in some distress what had happened. Police then got involved.

“In the cold light of day she said, ‘It was devastating. I can’t believe I did that’.”

In a victim impact statement, the teenager, who is not related to Slaney, said: “I feel dirty over the incident and angry with myself for letting it happen.”

Mr Bury told the court the schoolgirl had lost confidence and self-esteem following the sexual activity.

Her schoolwork also suffered.

In a pre-sentence report, Slaney was described as an “emotionally damaged woman for whom the barriers of appropriate sexual behaviour have become blurred”.

Anil Murray, defending, said Slaney had pleaded guilty “at the first opportunity”.

He said: “The defendant was in a place and time in her life when she was not thinking clearly and acting sensibly.

“This was one of these things that happen spontaneously and if the complainant had been a little older there would have been no offence committed.”

Mr Murray also told the court the victim had been drinking alcohol.

But sentencing Slaney to 18 months imprisonment, The Honourable Mr Justice Penry-Davey told her she was mature enough to know what she was doing.

He said: “You are 25 and well old enough to appreciate the serious nature of the offences to which you have pleaded guilty.

“You knew that you were dealing with a child.

“I take into consideration your mitigation, including your plea of guilty, and that makes the sentence significantly shorter than it would otherwise have been.”

Slaney, of Victoria Road, Bridlington, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child at Hull Crown Court.

She was given an 18-month jail term for each offence, to run concurrently.

She was also placed on the sexual offenders’ register.