Paedophile, 35, who groomed a boy of 12 into ‘clandestine sex ‘ burst into tears as she was imprisoned for five and a half years

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A 35-year-old woman broke down as she was jailed for nuturing a schoolboy for sex.

Jodie Delray was imprisoned for five-and-a-half years yesterday and put on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Delray was convicted of sexual assault and sexual activity with a boy following a nine-day trial at Norwich Crown Court.

The boy was aged just 12 when he was sexually abused, the court heard.

Delray, who was wearing a grey hoodie in the dock, cried as her sentence was handed down.

She had denied all the offences.

William Carter, prosecuting, said there was an ‘element of grooming’ to Delray’s behaviour and an aggravating feature was that she was much older.

Michael Clare, who did not represent Delray at her trial but appeared for her defence yesterday, said she was of ‘very low risk of re-offending’.

Mr Clare said he was concerned about the impression she gave to the court at her trial as she had been advised not to show her emotions.

He said: ‘She feels she has been let down in the way she presented herself.’

Mr Clare said she was a ‘vulnerable individual’ with a number of health problems and suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome.

‘Custody for her will be all the more punishment for her. She is someone who will find it extremely difficult’, she added.

Judge Anthony Bate told Delray he accepted she was a woman of previous good character.

The judge said he had received testimonials from her friends and family, who spoke of her many qualities.

But Judge Bate warned Delray: ‘I can do nothing in this case other than my public duty.’

He said she had started by sexually assaulting the boy and that was a ‘precursor’ to them going on to having full sex.

‘Full sex began to occur initiated by you,’ said Judge Bate. ‘These clandestine sex trysts continued for some time.’

He said the Appeal Court had stressed about how a teenage boy is often ‘ill-equipped’ to cope with a premature sexual experience.

Judge Bate also made Delray subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

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