September 2017

Woman jailed for five-and-a-half years for grooming boy for sex

A 35-year-old woman who groomed a young boy for sex has been jailed for five-and-a-half years and placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Jodie Delray, of Easthaugh Road, Lyng, was convicted following a nine-day trial of sex assault and sexual activity with the boy, who was aged about 12 to 13 at the time of the abuse, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Delray, who was wearing a grey hoodie, wept in the dock as she was sentenced.

She had denied all the offences

William Carter, prosecuting, said there was an element of grooming to her behaviour and an aggravating feature of the abuse was the disparity in their ages.

Sentencing Delray, Judge Anthony Bate said he accepted she was a woman of previous good character and said he had received a number of testimonials from her friends and family, who spoke of her many qualities.

He said she had been convicted by the jury of six of nine counts she faced and said: “I can do nothing in this case other than my public duty.”

Judge Bate said she had started by sexually assaulting the boy and this was a “precursor” to them going on to engage in sex.

“Full sex began to occur initiated by you. These clandestine sex trysts continued for some time.”

He said the Appeal Court had stressed the point about how a boy is often “ill-equipped” to cope with a premature sexual experience.

He also made Delray subject to a sexual harm prevention order.