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Teacher finds boy, 12, lying in bushes with paedophile mum of three


Deborah Yates, 38, encouraged the child to miss school and meet her in a field where some of the activity took place, Derbyshire Live reports.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was commended for his bravery after coming forward to report Yates.

A court heard Yates started to kiss and hug the boy and, on later occasions, put her hand down his trousers.

But on one occasion, the mother-of-three was found by one of his teachers lying down next to him in bushes and hastily rearranged her clothing.  

Yates, formerly of Chaddesden, Derby, had denied three counts of sexual assault of a child aged under 13, two counts of inciting under 13 to engage in sexual activity and one count of child abduction. 

She was found guilty on all charges after a two-week trial at Derby Crown Court.

The jury there heard Yates groomed the boy with sweets and crisps after befriending him in 2017.

Andrew Vout, prosecuting, said: “She asked him not to go to school and encouraged him to meet her rewarding him with sweets and drinks.

“She would meet him a field near his school and encourage him to kiss and touch her.

“She would put her hands down his trousers and touch him (sexually).

“She asked him to do the same, she would give him money, sweets and crisps.”

Teachers at the boy’s school in Derby became concerned he was regularly missing lessons.

One of the teachers found the two of them by the bushes on December 7, 2017, and Yates was arrested.

Mr Vout added: “She rearranged her clothing and came out of the bushes and then a smaller figure came out and that was (the victim).

“She was arrested for child abduction and shortly after this moved out of the area.

“(The boy) found what happened extremely confusing, boundaries had been blurred, he had been groomed.

“He spoke to the organisation Safe and Sound which specialised in dealing with child sexual victims.”

Safe and Sound, a charity which supports children and young people who are victims of or at risk of child exploitation, then supported the victim.

He disclosed to the support worker what had happened.

“I particularly want to commend this young boy for his bravery in disclosing what he had been subjected to,” Safe and Sound CEO Tracy Harrison said.

“It was clear from the outset that he had been groomed to believe that this was a healthy, normal relationship and our specialist support worker needed to approach this subject in a careful and empathetic way.

“His confusion about what had happened shows the complex manipulation that children and young people are in danger of in our local communities.”

When detained, Yates, who now lives in Woodville, Derbyshire, denied anything sexual had ever happened.

But Mrs Harrison added: “This case highlights that child exploitation can affect any young girl or boy regardless of where they live, their family situation, cultural or social background.

“Similarly, perpetrators can be male or female, operate as individuals or in groups and come from all walks of life.”

Yates will be sentenced in April.

To find out more about more about child exploitation, warning signs and the support available to young people and their families, please visit www.safeandsoundgroup.org.uk



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