A woman in the U.K. has been sentenced to over seven years in jail for grooming and molesting a 13-year-old boy in an attempt to bear his child and turn him straight, according to prosecutors.
Lucy Jayne Hambley, 39, pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with a minor in Truro Crown Court in Cornwall last week, Cornwall Live reports.
Prosecutor Heather Hope told the court the two were neighbors and Hambley befriended the lonely young teen after he had offered to help with her yard work. Their friendship grew close, and Hambley began plying the young lad with alcohol and tobacco to lessen his inhibitions before forcing sex on him.
"I wish I had you in my bedroom," she eventually told the boy, Hope said.
She told the court how things changed a short while later.
"He confided in her that he was gay and she walked him into the bedroom and said she was going to prove he was straight before snogging him on the bed," Hope revealed, adding the sexual abuse continued over the next several weeks. She also refused to let him wear a condom, telling him she wanted to become pregnant with his child.
The abuse was uncovered after a neighbor discovered the pair in dressing gowns one morning. The boy later confirmed the exact nature of what was happening to his mother and the authorities. The boy also revealed the toll Hambley's actions had exacted upon him, including attempting death by suicide.
"I can't go one day without crying and she has destroyed me and my self-worth," the young teen said in a statement that was read before the court. "I feel useless, worthless, and stupid."
In his plea for leniency in sentencing, Hambley's lawyer, Rupert Taylor, pointed to a lack of criminal history on the part of his client and noted she is remorseful for her actions.
"She is ashamed of her behavior," Taylor told the court. "She was lonely and unhappy and suffering from anxiety and depression."
Presiding Judge Anna Richardson was unmoved, however, noting the time Hambley spent grooming the victim as well as initially attempting to paint the boy as the abuser who was manipulating the situation for his benefit.
"You told him not to tell anyone and repeatedly contacted him by phone to request he visited you. You showed him naked pictures of yourself you posted on dating sites, and this all happened regularly. He didn't want to see you, but you continued to pursue him," Richardson said.
She added before handing down the sentence, "The pre-sentence report makes worrying reading, and in it you attempt to place blame on your victim, but you were the adult and in position of control and you abused it."
Hambley was reportedly in tears as she was led away to jail.
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