August 2018

South Yorkshire woman jailed for sexual activity with boy

A South Yorkshire woman has been jailed for over two years for engaging in sexual activity with a teenage boy she also supplied a ‘disinhibiting’ drug to.

Jamie Garrett, 24, was jailed for two years, five months after she admitted to one count of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16 and to another count of supplying a controlled Class C drug to another.

During the hearing, Sheffield Crown Court was told how Garrett carried out both offences against a 14-year-old boy on August 29, 2016, when she was 22-years-old.

Prior to the sexual activity taking place, Garrett gave the boy a tablet of the anti-anxiety medication, Xanax, said Ian Goldsack, prosecuting.

Xanax, which is also called Alprazolam, is a controlled drug of Class C when supplied to another, despite it being legally available via private prescription.

Commenting on her supplying her victim with Xanax, the Recorder of Sheffield, Judge Jeremy Richardson QC, said: “I take into account there was the use of drugs to disinhibit the boy.”

He added: “You engaged in a variety of sexual acts with the boy.”

Through a victim personal statement read out in court, the boy’s mother described how he was ‘acutely embarrassed’ by what had happened. He cannot be named for legal reasons.

She pleaded guilty to both offences at earlier court hearings.

In addition to jailing Garrett, Judge Richardson also placed her on the sex offenders’ register for a period of 10 years.