Jade Hatt a then 20 year old UK babysitter who had been looking after an eleven year old boy has been spared jail after the child’s father told a court his son saw it as a ‘notch on his belt.’
According to a report via the Swindon Advertiser, Hatt stripped off and took off the ‘sex mad’ boy’s clothes, straddled him before they had sex for 45 seconds.
But the victim’s father, who had a previous sexual relationship with Hatt, defended her, insisting that his son had welcomed the engagement that took place last November, adding that his son was ‘fully up for this experience’.
Told prosecutor Hannah Squire at Swindon Crown Court: ‘The boy was laying down, Jade Hatt sat on top of him, sat astride him, took off her clothes and removed his.’
‘In his words she started bouncing on his private parts. Sexual intercourse took place. According to him it was fairly brief: about 45 seconds. She told him she enjoyed it, he said he had not as it was wrong.’
Leading into court, the girl pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child, saying that the boy had told her he was 15 even though his father had previously told her his real age.
Rather than sending the girl to jail, a judge issued a suspended sentence of six months on the grounds that Hatt was ‘immature‘ while her victim was unusually mature, which ‘narrows the arithmetic age gap’.
Along with a suspended sentence, Hatt was ordered to register as a sex offender for seven years, and banned from having unsupervised contact with young boys.
Reacting to the sentence, Lyndon Harris, an editor for the UK Criminal Law Blog, told Buzzfeed the judge’s ruling seemed appropriate — if not generally unusual. He explained, ‘This seems to be the sort of case where if you’ve got a sensible judge you look to rehabilitate rather than punish – though [Jade] certainly needs to be punished, it’s not acceptable behavior.’
Yet that’s not the way child protection services, NSPCC saw it, releasing the following statement: ‘The judge’s comments in this case send out completely the wrong message and confirm a common view in society that the abuse of a young boy by a woman is somehow less serious than the abuse of a girl by a man.
‘The offender in this case has escaped extremely lightly and you have to wonder whether, in the same circumstances, a man would have been treated the same’.
‘It beggars belief that Tim Mousley QC could say that the 11 year old victim’s maturity and the abuser’s immaturity “narrowed the age gap” and was reason to step outside the sentencing guidelines, and sends a deeply worrying signal.’
The incident has raised debate on the web with many arguing had the genders been reversed, Hatt would most certainly likely be heading off to jail whilst others wondered if it was simply the father who was championing the engagement as a feat that his son ought to be ‘proud of.’
At stake is the assertion that males by nature are more sexually assertive than females and thus always game for the hunt (never mind an eleven year old child whom one wonders is simply too young to understand that they are being preyed on) and should always be grateful when any opportunity comes, especially if that opportunity is one’s babysitter….