November 2020: Now living in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan

November 2020

Former dinner lady sent sexual messages to young boy

A former nurse offered a schoolboy oral sex and boasted about the sexual activities she had engaged in with other people, a court has heard.

Jayne Helen Sewell sent a series of “graphic” text messages to the boy, and said she would like it if he spanked her on the bum.

A recorder described the 52-year-old as a “predator”, and said had the woman met the boy in person it could have resulted in her sexually abusing him.

Cardiff Crown Court heard Sewell sent the schoolboy – who has legal anonymity – a series of messages on Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook Messenger.

Jeffrey Jones, prosecuting, said the texts sent by the defendant were “clearly sexually graphic” and were aimed at “seducing” the boy.

There was also evidence Sewell – who worked in a school after leaving nursing – had sent the youngster a photograph of her breasts, though the image itself has not been recovered.

The court heard that in the messages the defendant offered the boy oral sex and mutual masturbation, and said she would like it if he spanked her bum. There was also talk of the pair being “horny”.

Mr Jones said the “clandestine sexual chat” came to an end when the schoolboy’s mother found a message on his phone, and raised the alarm

Sewell, formerly of St Mellons, Cardiff, but now of Shelburn Close, Grangetown, Cardiff, had previously pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual communication with a child under 16 when she appeared in the dock for sentencing. She has no previous convictions.

Thomas Roberts, for Sewell, said the defendant had lost her job, husband, and home as a result of what she accepted were her “abhorrent” actions.

Recorder Paul Lewis QC told Sewell that the messaging with the boy had been “wholly inappropriate”, and that she had been entirely to blame for it.

He said the defendant had been motivated by sexual excitement and, had the pair met, it could have resulted in the sexual abuse of the boy.

The recorder said: “Children have to be protected from predatory adults, and that is what I regard you as – a predatory adult.”

Recorder Lewis said the offending clearly crossed the custody threshold, and the only question for him was whether the sentence had to be served immediately.

Giving the defendant a one-third credit for his guilty plea the recorder sentenced her to eight months in prison suspended for two year, and ordered her to complete a community sex offenders programme.

The defendant will be a registered sex offender for five years, and was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for the same length of time to control her access to boys aged under 16.

Recorder Lewis told her she had avoided going straight to prison by a “hair’s breadth”.