Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NINE YEARS; Shame of Single Mum Who Kept a Diary of Abuse

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NINE YEARS; Shame of Single Mum Who Kept a Diary of Abuse

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Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT

A WOMAN who groomed and sexually abused a naive 12-year-old schoolboy, having sex with him almost 200 times, has been jailed for nine years. Angela Sullivan's continuous sexual abuse of the boy could have caused "incalculable psychological effects", said a Teesside Crown Court judge. The 36-year-old had sex with the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, 191 times over 10 months last year. Prosecutor Richard Bennett told yesterday how: Sullivan kept a diary in which she marked the "special day" of their first sexual encounter, and tallied each time they had sex with a star; The single mum rewarded him with a new pair of trainers to mark the "milestone" of the 100th time they had sex; She made notes reading "Come on", "Got to reach 200" and "Mint" showing her excitement and belief that they were in a relationship; She groomed the boy, lavishing him with gifts to keep him happy, while cutting her own son out of her affections; She engineered opportunities to be alone with the boy, sending her son to stay with his grandparents;

She recorded sex with the boy on her mobile phone and had pictures of him naked and wearing a school uniform; She sent the boy texts and talked of him, using childish language, on an internet messenger service. She once stated: "He's only a baby", and She told him and others she was pregnant, news which distressed and scared the boy. It still remains unclear whether she was ever pregnant. Sullivan first made a pass at the boy during a party at her home, where she allowed children to drink alcohol. She asked him: "Are you daring? Are you a daredevil? Are you game?" She tried to kiss him and he pulled away. Later when he was unwell through drink, she took him to bed, undressed him and repeatedly had sex with him - his first sexual experience.

The next day she tearfully told him: "I had sex with you and if anyone finds out it's classed as rape and everything." She had sex with him again less than a week later. Mr Bennett said: "The sexual abuse was continuous and frequent. A pattern developed over the course of the weeks and months which allowed her to sexually abuse him. …

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