November 2015

Perverted couple jailed for child sex offences

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A twisted & perverted couple have been jailed for forcing a 13-year-old girl to take part in a humiliating sexual assault on a 14-year-old boy.

Jemma Baskerville held the boy down during the attack while her former partner Stephen Lawrence put on a pornographic video. The boy endured a 45-minute ordeal.

Baskerville was jailed for four years and Lawrence for four and a half after a Judge at Exeter Crown Court ruled they both posed a risk to children.

They were the only adults present at Lawrence’s flat in Mill Street, Bideford, but instead of protecting children at a teenage party, they spurred them on to take part in the sex act.

Baskerville started the sexual activity during a play fight and then urged the 13-year-old girl to touch the boy.

He fled to a bedroom but Baskerville followed him and held him down and forced him to watch a television where her partner was playing the pornographic DVD.

Baskerville, 39, of Bridgeland Street, Bideford, and Lawrence, 45, of Fore Street, Northam, were found guilty of causing the 14-year-old boy to engage in sexual activity without consent and inciting the 13-year-old to engage in sexual activity.

Baskerville was sentenced in her absence after suffering an epileptic seizure on the day before the case and being taken to the North Devon Hospital for treatment.

Recorder Mr Andrew Oldland told the pair: “This went way beyond normal behaviour. You were in positions of trust and took advantage of the victims’ naivety.

“Baskerville took what started as play fighting into a serious sexual assault. The 13-year-old girl was the means by which she carried out this offence, and that is deeply disturbing.

“She humiliated the boy by laughing at him. He says he felt worthless and humiliated and felt a sense of shame.

“Lawrence played a lesser role and did not instigate the activity but went along with it and encouraged it by putting on pornography. Any decent person would have been horrified and stopped what was going on.

“The probation report says Baskerville poses an ongoing and high level of risk to children of committing sexual offences.

“This offence shows a degree of planning, she acted with others, there was grooming, a significant disparity in age, and the offence took place in the presence of others, including children.

“In Lawrence’s case the risk he poses to young people can be addressed adequately by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.”

Emily Cook, defending, said the case has already had severe consequences for Baskerville, who has had three children taken into care.

Richard Crabb, for Lawrence, said he was drawn into a scenario which was highly unlikely to be repeated. He said publicity about the offence had forced him to move out of his home while awaiting sentence.

November 2015

Pervert couple guilty of sex offences on 14-year-old boy

A couple have been warned they face jail sentences after being found guilty of encouraging a humiliating sex act on a 14-year-old boy.

Jemma Baskerville held down the boy while a 13-year-old girl put her hand down his trousers while Steven Lawrence added to the abuse by putting a pornographic DVD on the television.

They were the only adults present at Lawrence’s flat in Bideford but instead of protecting children at a teenage party, they spurred them on to take part in the sex act.

Baskerville started the sexual activity by urging the 13-year-old girl to touch the boy and “make him horny” while they were sat with other youngsters in the lounge of the Mill Street flat.

The boy objected and was so embarrassed he got up and went into a bedroom where Baskerville and the girl followed him.

Baskerville then held him down and when Lawrence joined them he put on the pornographic DVD which the boy was forced to watch when Baskerville turned his head towards the screen.

Rumours of the incident spread around the boy’s school and he suffered months of bullying as a direct result.

He did not report the attack to anyone at the time but was so upset by the continuous bullying that he told his mother nine months later. She was horrified and called in the police.

Baskerville, 37, of Bridgeland Street, Bideford, and Lawrence, aged 45, of Fore Street, Northam, denied but were found guilty of causing the 14-year-old boy to engage in sexual activity without consent and inciting the 13-year-old to engage in sexual activity.

Recorder Andrew Oldland adjourned the case for probation reports and granted them both bail but warned them that prison is almost inevitable.

He said: “A custodial sentence is inevitable in this case. These are very serious sexual offences. The fact I am granting bail is absolutely no indication of the likely sentence”