A mum-of-three who had sex with a schoolboy after swapping messages on Snapchat has been jailed for two years and nine months.
Contact between vile Sophie Hindmarch, then aged 26, and the 14-year-old escalated to include sexualised images and videos, Carlisle Crown Court heard.
The court heard how Hindmarch had sexual activity with her victim, who can’t be named, between November 1, 2019 and December 26, 2019.
Prosecutor Hugh McKee said the schoolboy had estimated he and Hindmarch had met at her home to have sex between 10-13 times, the Daily Mail reports.
On one occasion, Hindmarch used her mobile phone to film herself having sex with the schoolboy, a court heard.
The abuse finally came to light when the 14-year-old told his dad what had happened.
Officers then seized mobile phones and other devices from the schoolboy and Hindmarch and found a number of sexualised messages shared between the pair on the social media platform.
Hindmarch was charged with engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a boy aged 13-15. She initially denied the offences in a police interview before pleading guilty in court last month. She will serve half her sentence and half released on license, and was also given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
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”, according to the BBC.
“I am worried about [him] once this is all over. Clearly this has affected him,” he said.
Judge Andrew Jefferies QC said there was “substantial mitigation” and that Hindmarch, who is now 27, had been diagnosed with a complex post-traumatic stress disorder after being the victim of domestic violence.https://get-latest.convrse.media/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mirror.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fuk-news%2Fmum-three-who-filmed-herself-23891588&cre=bottom&cip=17&view=web
“You ended an abusive relationship,” Judge Jefferies said. “It seems that as well as going through a period of self destruct, you sought comfort in a wholly inappropriate place, namely a 14-year-old boy.”
Detective Constable Emma Armstrong said “Hindmarch initially denied the offences in interview before pleading guilty at court. She was aware that what she was doing was wrong, telling the victim to delete messages between them.
“I would urge anyone who has been subject to offences of this nature to come forward, you will be believed and any report will be dealt with professionally and sensitively.”
A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: “If you wish to report a crime or speak to an officer about an incident, please contact Cumbria Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
“If you have been affected by rape or sexual assault, contact The Bridgeway Sexual Assault Support Service’s 24/7 free helpline on 0808 118 6432.”