Rhyl teenager locked up for having sex with underage boy 70 times
A teenager who had sex with an underage boy about 70 times in 15 months has been locked up.
Deleah Poulton, who is now 19, had regular sex with the boy when she was 17 and 18 and he was 13 or 14.
Poulton, from Eastville Avenue in Rhyl, admitted five charges of sexual activity with a child covering intercourse and oral sex.
The defendant, who was described as vulnerable and was said to have been feeling sad for as long as she could remember, wept as she was given 16 months in a youth offender’s institute.
Judge Niclas Parry said there may be an assumption held by parts of society that the offences were not so serious when the defendant was female and the victim was male.
“In fact, the law quite properly draws no such distinction,” he said.
Sexual activity was “extremely regular” and the complainant’s best estimate was that it happened 70 times, the court heard.
Sometimes sex would occur after alcohol was purchased by her and consumed by the two of them, but the judge said that it was not used as an inducement.
She should understand that the sentences for such offences could be five years, he said.
But there was no violence, no threats, and no suggestion that the victim was anything but compliant and willing throughout.
“The law is there to protect young children from themselves as much as anything else,” Judge Parry said.
Her personal gratification came above any thought for the welfare of the young boy involved, he said.
Judge Parry said Poulton was a young woman of no previous convictions, naive, lacking in social skills, and something of a sad individual.
She must register with the police as a sex offender for 10 years, and a 10-year sexual harm prevention order was made under which she is not to have any unsupervised contact with boys under the age of 16.
Prosecuting barrister Michael Whitty said the boy was now getting on with his life.
Last year, he disclosed to his mother that he had been in a sexual relationship with the woman. No contraception was used.
They had sex at his home, at her home, and also outside.
Texts of a sexual nature were found on her phone.
In a victim impact statement, the boy said that he had experienced a range of emotions as a result of what happened.