The 22-year-old woman, who had "sexual contact" three times with a 14-year-old boy she met on the Internet, avoided jail after the judge said there was real affection between the two
- 22-year-old Sophie Johnson communicated online with the 14-year-old boy
- The Newcastle Crown Court ignored repeated warnings regarding the teenager's age
- She admitted to having had sexual contact with the boy for a few days
- She received a three-year community order and five years in the sex registry
A woman who had sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy she met online was spared from prison.
Sophie Johnson was sexually active with the student three times within a few days, a court heard.
The Newcastle Crown Court heard that she had ignored warnings about his age and had taken no steps to ensure that he was over 16 years old.
However, when she realized how young he was, she stopped what was happening between them.
Sophie Johnson, pictured at Newcastle Crown Court, admitted to having had sexual intercourse three times with a 14-year-old boy she had met online
The court heard that Johnson ignored repeated warnings about the teenager's age
Johnson pictured was described in court as "immature for her age" and stopped contacting the boy after she discovered his real age
The court heard that 22-year-old Johnson, who is not yet mature for her age, was communicating online with the boy and exchanging messages before the meeting.
Prosecutor Gavin Doig said, "The prosecution is that Miss Johnson did not reasonably believe he was 16 or older and had taken no steps to find out his age.
When she found out how old she was, she stopped the sexual contact that was accepted.
"She ignored others' warnings, but when she found out his age, she stopped."
Mr. Doig said there appeared to be a "real affection" between them and that the sexual activity was short-lived.
The boy made no statement about the impact of the victim, and while he was working with the prosecutor, the court said he didn't want to provide any further information.
Johnson from Elswick, Newcastle, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to five sexual activities with a child and was sentenced to a three-year will. He has to sign the register of sex offenders for five years.
Judge Sarah Mallett spoke to her and said, “This was a relationship of mutual affection, no pressure was exerted or maintained.
“These procedures obviously had a significant impact on you, and you yourself were the victim of a serious crime during that time.
"You have had to leave your home and family and lost your job as a result of this insult, and I accept that you are penitent."
The judge said there are problems with Johnson's future employment in the area you have chosen.
She added, “You have received significant punishment for the offenses in one way or another.
"This is not intended to ignore the impact of such offenses on the victim, but there is no personal testimony from the victim, and I understand that he tried to contact you further.
"I hope there will be no long-term harmful effects on the boy."
The pictured Johnson received a three-year will and signed the sex offender register for five years
Penny Hall, who defended herself, said Johnson had "difficulties" and added, "She hasn't done enough, but when she found out the age, she stopped all sexual contact.
"There was mutual affection and there was no care or anything like that.
& # 39; The process affected her for the time she was hanging over her.
“She is a young woman who is much younger than her age and has her own weaknesses.
"She is repentant and embarrassed, and your honor can be certain that the court will not see her again.
"She lost her career, had to leave home where her family is and her mental health has deteriorated. It has been above her for a long time."