Easington Lane woman spared jail for second child sex offence

Newcastle Crown Court.
Newcastle Crown Court.
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A woman had an illegal sexual liaison with a schoolgirl within weeks of being convicted of a similar offence against the same victim.

Gemma Standbridge, 25, kept her freedom after being convicted of sexually assaulting the underage girl.

Newcastle Crown Court heard today that, despite being on the sex offenders register and a community order, Stanbridge went on to exchange texts with the girl and arranged a secret meeting at a field near her school.

Prosecutor Anne Richardson said 'cuddling and kissing' led to sexual activity between Stanbridge and the teen when they met.

Stanbridge, of Rydal Avenue, Easington Lane, was arrested and admitted sexual activity with a child.

Miss Richardson said the victim 'felt bad' when she found out Standbridge was in trouble with the police.

Mr Recorder Ben Nolan QC today sentenced Stanbridge to eight months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with rehabilitation requirements.

The judge said: "She received a community order last year for an offence of sexual assault on a child.

"She has, within a matter of weeks of the sentence, committed a further offence of sexual activity with a child, the same child."

The judge said a psychologists report into Stanbridge's background, problems and learning difficulties meant the prison sentence could be suspended.

But he warned her: "Should you commit any further offence, you are art risk of having to serve this sentence in addition to any other sentence imposed upon you."

Stanbridge must now register as a sex offender for the next ten years.

The victim told police she had seen Stanbridge a 'couple of times to say hello' after she was in court and this led to them exchanging text messages and arranging the meeting at the field.