A mum-of-three has avoided jail with a two-year suspended sentence after admitting to two counts of sexual activity with a child.
Nicole Lines, 28, groomed a 15-year old boy by plying him with booze and cannabis after inviting the teen to her Kent home to comfort her while she was feeling upset.
After the pair became intimate leading the boy to feel he was "in love" having "hit the jackpot", he later reported Lines to police himself admitting he felt "exploited" by her.
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Lines, who also confessed to three counts of possessing indecent images of a child (the teenager), and the supply and possession of a Class B drug, was handed a two year prison sentence on Friday (January 13) at Canterbury Crown Court – suspended for the same period.
The court heard how the teenager became emotionally unstable during the course of the grooming, with Prosecutor Jai Patel revealing: "The relationship was very emotional and volatile."
Judge Rupert Lowe described defendant Lines' actions as "serious sexual offences", but added her attraction to the boy was a "one-off" rather than her possessing predatorial instincts.
Addressing Lines as she cried in the dock, he said: "It is clear from the messages I've seen, you and he regarded yourselves as being in a loving relationship which you both valued and his mother was going along with it."
Judge Lowe added that the teen initially thought "everything was great" after getting "plenty of sex" and receiving drugs and alcohol resulting in feeling "in love" and that he'd "hit the jackpot".
"He blames you, and rightly so, because you were an adult," the judge said.
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Lines, who admitted to being in a sexual relationship following her arrest, "knew what she was doing was wrong" but the teen "kept coming to her".
The court heard, however, that Lines, who was visibly distressed throughout the hearing, had grown up in care following a turbulent childhood and had since suffered serious medical and mental health complications as result.
James Burke, mitigating, said she used cannabis, alcohol and MDMA to self-medicate and was a "very vulnerable person herself".
As part of her sentence, Lines was ordered to complete 60 probation days and 10 years of notification requirements.
She denied supplying drugs to the teenager, adding she "only shared cannabis" with him.
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