April 2021

Woman that groomed schoolboy jailed

A woman who groomed a schoolboy for sex after swapping messages on Snapchat has been jailed.

Contact between Sophie Hindmarch, then aged 26, and the 14-year-old escalated to include sexualised images and videos, Carlisle Crown Court heard.
The mother-of-three, previously of Penrith, Cumbria, had admitted nine charges of sexual activity with a child at an earlier hearing.
She was given a 32-month sentence and must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register.
The pair first had sex after meeting at Hindmarch’s home when she told the boy: “You’ve left your lighter upstairs.”
The abuse took place in late 2019 and one incident was filmed on her mobile phone.
Police were alerted after the boy admitted what had happened.
In a statement, his father said he was worried about the long-term impact on his son and described Hindmarch’s actions as “completely wrong”.
“I am worried about [him] once this is all over. Clearly this has affected him,” he said.
The court head that Hindmarch “was aware that what she was doing was wrong” and had told the boy to delete their messages.

She even denied the offences when interviewed by officers before pleading guilty in court.

March 2021

Penrith woman admits nine counts of sexual activity with schoolboy

A Penrith woman has been told a prison sentence is “inevitable” after she admitted multiple counts of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a 14-year-old schoolboy.

Sophie Hindmarch, 27, heard she is now also subject to the sex offender notification requirements in respect of her guilty pleas to a raft of criminal offences which were committed against the boy during 2019.

Hindmarch appeared at Carlisle Crown Court remotely over a video link.

During a short hearing, she admitted nine counts of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a 14-year-old boy

Each of the charges reflects criminal conducts in specific locations other than the final count.

This last count states that illegal activity occurred between Hindmarch and the male on “no less than five occasions” other than that in the eight other charges.

The judge, Recorder Alex Leach, was told that while a psychiatric report on the defendant had been provided, the probation service had not yet been able to prepare additional background information to put before the court.

That will be put together in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Hindmarch, of Raiselands Croft, Penrith, was granted conditional bail and told that her sentencing hearing is due to take place at the crown court on April 8.

“It is now necessary for the probation service to prepare a report on you so that the sentencing court can know all that is necessary to then determine what the appropriate sentence will be,” said Recorder Leach.

“You will understand that a custodial sentence is inevitable in this case, and you will also understand that by receiving a further period of bail, no indication is being given as to the likely outcome.”