June 2013

School worker admits sexual activity with boy

SLL_SHR_Lorraine King

A MOTHER of two who worked in a primary school will be on the sex offenders’ register for five years after admitting sexual offences against a boy.

Former lunchtime supervisor Lorraine King was also given a nine-month community order when she was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court last Friday (June 7).

Adam Hiddleston, prosecuting, said King had previously admitted a charge of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and sexual assault on a child under 13.

On July 30 last year, a neighbour of King’s called the police after she saw behaviour that caused her concern, the court heard.

Mr Hiddleston said the neighbour had seen 41-year-old King in her garden on all fours with a young boy stood behind simulating sexual intercourse with her.

He said both were fully clothed and King was laughing and saying “ride me baby, ride me”.

Police spoke to the boy, who also said that King had on previous occasions touched him around the leg and knees while he was at her home in Turgis Road on the Elvetham Heath estate in Fleet.

He told police she had put her hand on his right leg and moved it up towards his thigh.

Mr Hiddleston also said the boy told police King randomly spoke to him about sex until he was able to change the subject. He added that police interviewed King, who denied the touching allegations.

When officers told her they had interviewed the boy about the simulated sexual intercourse, she accepted it but said it only happened on one occasion.

Mr Hiddleston said King denied telling the boy to ‘ride her’ and said the claim probably stemmed from a dispute with the neighbour.

Andrew Turton, defending, said the probation officer who had interviewed his client was concerned about King’s low intelligence. He added the defendant did not realise her behaviour was inappropriate and wrong.

Mr Turton said King was a single mother with two daughters, one who has Asperger syndrome. He added she has had no contact with the boy since the events last summer.

The court was told King had suffered as a result of the charges, losing her job at Elvetham Heath Primary School and now living on benefits.

Judge Andrew Barnett told King: “People who commit these sort of offences very often go straight to jail.

“Your behaviour was totally inappropriate and wrong towards that boy, pretending to engage in sexual activity.

“You’re the adult and he was the child and you should not have behaved in that way.”

The judge said he had taken into account King’s early guilty plea, her lack of previous convictions and the fact that she will suffer from having a criminal record and being on the sex offenders’ register.

Judge Barnett added: “I hope by dealing with you in what might seem to some in this very light way that you will learn your lesson that this is not the way to behave towards children.”

Stuart Adlam, headteacher at Elvetham Heath, confirmed that King was previously employed at the school and that she had not worked there since the early part of the autumn term last year.

“I would like to stress that the offences committed do not relate in any way to her role as a lunchtime supervisor at the school nor do they relate to any pupils at the school,” he added