Hereford & Worcester

Sex assault woman spared prison at Birmingham Crown Court

A woman who performed a sex act on a 13-year-old boy after drinking alcohol has been spared an immediate jail term.

Amanda Wheeler, 31, who also indecently touched two other boys while drunk at a party, received a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Wheeler, formerly of Rainbow Hill, Worcester, was convicted of one count of sexual assault and four counts of sexual activity with a child.

Judge Patrick Thomas QC said he regarded them as "one-off offending".

Significant gaps

Wheeler was convicted following a trial at Worcester Crown Court in October.

The defendant denied the charges despite significant gaps in her memory of the party in 2011.

Explaining his decision to suspend Wheeler's sentence at Birmingham Crown Court, Judge Thomas said victim impact statements had been a major consideration.

He said: "Each of them makes it pretty plain that so far as he is concerned ... he was over whatever trauma was involved in the offending."

The judge also said: "You fought the case and you should frankly be ashamed of yourself for refusing to accept that your memory of the matter was such that you really couldn't dispute what the boys consistently said.

"I am satisfied that this behaviour arose not out of paedophilia, although these were paedophile acts, but out of drunkenness and foolishness, and a real element of childishness in you."

Wheeler was told the sexual activity was aggravated by the continuous nature of the offending on the night in question, the age of the boys involved, and the fact it had been seen by young witnesses.

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