April 2021

Paedophile mum who bribed 12-year-old boy with sweets and crisps is jailed

A “manipulative and deceitful” Derby woman has been jailed for a series of sexual offences against a 12-year-old boy.

Debbie Yates, also known as Deborah Yates, formerly of Chaddesden, Derby bribed the youngster with crisps and sweets as a reward for touching her sexually.

The 38-year-old married mum of three was found to have been meeting up with the child when he should have been in school.

These meetings were found to have taken place in a field, and on one occasion she was discovered lying next to him in some bushes and hastily rearranging her clothing.

During her trial, which was held last month, the court heard how the abuse began with kissing and hugging the child, before she began asking him to put his hands down her trousers.

A jury at Derby Crown Court spend more than a day deliberating before finding the mother-of-three guilty of three counts of sexual assault of a child aged under 13, two counts of inciting an under 13 to engage in sexual activity and one count of child abduction.

They cleared her of one count of sexual assault of a child and one count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

On Monday, April 19, Judge Robert Egbuna jailed Yates for 10 years, calling her “manipulative and deceitful”.

During the two-week trial at Derby Crown Court, a jury was told how the abuse began with kissing and hugging the child, before she began asking him to put his hands down her trousers.

Sentencing Yates, Judge Robert Egbuna said: “I observed you while you were giving evidence. You sought to suggest to the jury you are someone who has difficulty reading and comprehending what was going on.

“That was far from the truth. You are both manipulative and deceitful.

“Those treats allowed you to groom this young boy.

“What that family went through is difficult to put into words.”

Referring to evidence given in court by the boy’s mother during the trial, the judge said the youngster’s behaviour had changed significantly since the ordeal.

The judge added: “In her own words she said she had lost her soft little boy, her little monkey, who always wanted to help.”

“He would hit his younger brother and even threatened to kill her [his mother].

“When she tried to hug him he did not want her to touch him.

“This was as a result of your [Yates’] behaviour.”

In a victim impact statement which was read out at court, the boy said he had trusted Yates and she had taken advantage of him.

“I realise she was being kind to me and bought me stuff so that I would trust her more and let her do what she wanted to me,” he said.

“I now feel stupid. When I was 12 I saw Debbie as a provider.”

He said the gifts she given him had made him like her even more.

“Sometimes I was not nice to people who were just looking out for me,” he said.

“I feel disgusted by what Debbie has done. She was the adult and should have known better.

“I feel Debbie took advantage of me as I was 12 and didn’t understand my feelings. I wish I hadn’t believed all she said and fallen into her trap.

“I would like Debbie to go to prison for as long as possible. I would be sad to think she could put another child through what I’ve been through.”

Yates showed no emotion when her sentence was read out to her as she appeared over video link from prison.

In addition to the 10-year prison term, Yates was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life and given a sexual harm prevention order until further notice.

March 2021

Mother-of-three guilty of paying 12-year-old boy with crisps and sweets for sexual favours

A mother-of-three has been found guilty of rewarding a 12-year-old Derby boy with crisps and sweets to touch her sexually.

A near two-week trial heard how Deborah Yates encouraged the victim to skip school and meet her in a field where some of the activity took place.

A jury spend more than a day deliberating before finding the 38-year-old guilty of three counts of sexual assault of a child aged under 13, two counts of inciting under 13 to engage in sexual activity and one count of child abduction.

They cleared her of one count of sexual assault of a child and one count inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Judge Robert Egbuna adjourned the sentence until April 19 telling the court he wanted to see an updated victim impact statement before deciding Yates’ fate.

He remanded her into custody until then.

The trial heard how the abuse began with kissing and hugging him but very soon matters turned to her telling him to put his hands down her trousers.

And on one occasion she was found by one of his teachers lying down next to him in bushes and hastily rearranged her clothing.

Yates, formerly of Chaddesden, had denied all of the counts

Andrew Vout, prosecuting, opened the trial by saying how the offences took place during 2017 when both the defendant and the boy were living in Derby.

He said Yates befriended him and within a short space of time began grooming him.

Mr Vout said: “We say she groomed him and had sexual contact with him.

“She says there was no sexual contact at all.

“She’s lying.”

“She asked him not to go to school and encouraged him to meet her rewarding him with sweets and drinks.

“She would meet him a field near his school and encourage him to kiss and touch her.

“She would put her hands down his trousers and touch him (sexually).

“She asked him to do the same, she would give him money, sweets and crisps.”

Mr Vout said Yates then gave the boy a mobile phone so they could arrange to meet without other people knowing.

He said teachers at the boy’s Derby school because concerned he was missing lessons and that the boy would begin going missing on numerous occasions.

Mr Vout said the police became involved in September 2017 and Yates was issued with a notice to “stay away” from the boy.

He said on December 7, 2017, Yates met the victim near to his school and one of the teachers went outside and found the defendant lying down in bushes with a figure lying next to her with its hood up.

Mr Vout said: “She rearranged her clothing and came out of the bushes and then a smaller figure came out and that was (the victim).

“She was arrested for child abduction and shortly after this moved out of the area.

“(The boy) found what happened extremely confusing, boundaries had been blurred, he had been groomed.

“He spoke to the organisation Safe and Sound which specialised in dealing with child sexual victims.”

Mr Vout said the defendant, now of Swadlincote Road, Woodville, was arrested and questioned about the accusations.

In them she denied anything sexual had ever happened between them.