May 2019

Judge tells woman who had sex with 14-year-old boy ‘he was willing participant’

A woman who sexually abused a boy in his own home after spending the night drinking with his family has been jailed.

Lisa Moorefield had sex with the youngster behind his mother’s back, who was one of her friends, a court heard.

But despite her admitting five counts of inciting a boy to engage in sexual acts, Judge Francis Sheridan told her the 14-year-old was a “willing participant”.

Despite the age of consent in the UK being 16, Judge Sheridan added that “they both took part voluntarily”.

The court heard Moorefield was flattered by the attentions of the young teenager when she met him through his mother and flattered him in return.

The 32-year-old would be at his home waiting there to meet him.

The pair drank alcohol together with the schoolboy’s family and then went to have sex, a judge was told, on at least four occasions.

When the contact was exposed by the victim’s horrified mother, police were alerted.

Officers found a key piece of evidence, where the victim had filmed Moorefield performing a sexual act on him.

Alesdair King, defending Moorefield, told the court that alcohol and drugs were a constant feature of her victim’s life and she had not been using them to incite him into having sex.

He also pointed to Moorefield’s four-year-old daughter, who lives with grandparents but would suffer if Moorefield was jailed.

Mr King said: “The defendant comes to court in all humility, expecting a custodial sentence, accepting that she has been the author of her own downfall and put her own her liberty at risk.”

Moorefield, of Salisbury, Wiltshire, arrived at court with a bag packed to take with her to jail.

udge Francis Sheridan, sitting at Aylesbury Crown Court, told her: “You had survived an extremely violent relationship with your partner, that resulted in over 30 call outs to the police.

“You were flattered and you flattered in return, a 14-year-old boy. The disparity in age is, I’m afraid, an aggravating factor in this case which I cannot overlook.

“Your relationship with that boy developed into a sexual relationship, both of you taking part voluntarily.

“As the adult you played the leading part. He was, despite his age, a willing participant.

“The use of alcohol and drugs is a feature of this case but you were not plying him. It is a matter of real concern that a boy of 14 should arrive, on at least one occasion, stoned.

“There is an element of abuse of trust of a friend.

Judge Sheridan sentenced Moorefield to two years and two months in jail and told her she would spend 10 years on the Sex Offenders’ Register.