A MARRIED woman who had sex with a 15-year-old schoolboy more than 20 years ago has been spared jail by a judge.
Ann Seymour subsequently began a relationship with the boy which continued until he was well into his 20s.
Lincoln Crown Court was told that the illicit relationship was carried out behind the back of Seymour’s husband who suffered a breakdown when he eventually discovered what had happened.
Seymour, 67, formerly of The Green, Thurlby, and now of Banks Close, Stamford, admitted two charges of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy during the second half of 1988.
She was given a two-year community rehabilitation order and placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years.
Judge Michael Heath told her she had only been spared immediate jail because of the serious effect such a sentence would have on the health of her husband.
The Judge told Seymour: “For the despicable thing that you did you deserve to go to prison and to prison for some time. To satisfy your own lust for his young body you engaged in that sexual act with him.
“But this is an exceptional case. It is purely and simply because I am concerned about the effect of custody on your husband. If I send you to prison then your husband loses his rock.
The judge described the 15-year-old victim as a vulnerable boy who had been damaged by what happened.
He told Seymour: “At the age of 43 you may have been attractive to young men of adolescent age. It is highly unlikely as a 67-year-old that will be so. It may sound unkind but that is the blunt truth.”
Grace Hale, prosecuting, told an earlier hearing that Seymour had sex with the boy on one occasion in 1988 and had a second sexual encounter involving simulated intercourse.
The relationship continued for seven years but only came to light in September 2010 after the victim wrote to Seymour asking her not to contact him. As a result she then went herself to police and asked to make a statement.
Seymour initially claimed their sexual relationship only began after the boy’s 16th birthday but pleaded guilty to the two offences on the day she was due to go on trial in front of a jury.
Robert Underwood, mitigating, said: “She is full of shame. They have moved away from what was their home. They now live in Stamford. The whole experience has caused her to feel regret and remorse.”