Female paedophile, 28, who seduced 15-year-old boy with cannabis and used him ‘to satisfy her own sexual needs’ is jailed for five years
- Amanda Leather smoked cannabis with a 15-year-old boy and got in bed with him
- The 28-year-old sent messages to say she was ‘horny’ and had ‘dirty thoughts’
- Leather has now been jailed for five years after she ‘messed with his emotions’
Amanda Leather, 28, gave the 15-year-old boy a massage and sent him messages to say she was ‘horny’
A 28-year-old woman who used a 15-year-old boy ‘to satisfy her own sexual needs’ after seducing him with cannabis has been jailed for five years.
Amanda Leather, 28, smoked cannabis with the teenager as they watched a film then gave him a back massage and got into bed with him.
A court heard Leather, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, later tried to cover her tracks by attempting to destroy the boy’s phone to get rid of incriminating messages.
The offending came to light after the victim ‘bragged’ to his friends about what had happened and his parents contacted police.
Leeds Crown Court heard Leather then made attempts to conceal her offending by putting the boy’s phone in water and removing the sim card.
Police recovered texts and Facebook messages between Leather and the victim in which she told him she was ‘horny’ and was having ‘dirty thoughts’ about him.
Leather denied having any sexual contact with the boy when she gave evidence at the trial.
She claimed the text messages from her phone had been sent maliciously by the victim to his own phone.
Jailing Leather, Recorder Sophie Drake said: ‘You have been found guilty by this jury in my view on overwhelming evidence.
‘You, putting it mildly, messed with his emotions.
‘It may be that on his part he wanted to brag about what was happening with you but at 15 he was not in a position to understand the long term effects that was going to have upon him.
‘You encouraged him to take cannabis by buying and smoking it with him.
‘What you were trying to do was make him an equal. But he wasn’t an equal because he was at all material times a child.
‘You used him to satisfy your sexual needs.
‘You have made him out to be a liar and have portrayed yourself as the victim in all this. But it is you who has been lying.
‘This relatively short-lived behaviour was very much out of character and you have lost that character in the most spectacular way.’
Catherine Silverton, defending, said Leather had no previous convictions and continued to deny the offence.
Leeds Crown Court heard Leather then made attempts to conceal her offending by putting the boy’s phone in water and removing the sim card
She said: ‘She has now lost her job, her home and the majority of her friends and colleagues.’
The barrister said Leather would struggle to cope with life in custody. Leather was found guilty of one offence of sexual activity with a child.
The jury of eight women and four men found her guilty after a three-day trial.
After she had been sentenced a man walked from the public gallery and said to the jury: ‘I am Amanda’s father and she is only guilty of being a nice person.’
After the case Det Insp Vanessa Rolfe, of Wakefield Child Safeguarding Team, said: ‘She fully knew her victim was underage and still pursued a sexual relationship with what was a vulnerable teenager who she plied with alcohol and drugs.
‘Safeguarding detectives and the CPS believe this was a clear cut case of sexual grooming and the jury has agreed.
‘On her release from prison Leather will now have to sign on the sexual offences register and I hope this case serves as a warning of the sentences those who carry out these sort of offences can expect to face.’