South East Wales

Kelly Richards, 36, punished for sex with schoolboy

Kelly Richards outside Merthyr Crown Court Image copyright Wales News Service
Image caption Kelly Richards was handed a non-custodial sentence at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court

A married mother who confessed to having sex with a schoolboy has been handed a two-year suspended jail term.

Kelly Richards, 36, admitted having sex with a 15-year-old boy between October and December 2012.

Richards, of Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taf, pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual activity with a child, in March.

A judge at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court imposed a non-custodial term and gave her a sexual offences prevention order.

Judge Richard Twomlow told Richards her victim was "vulnerable" and she had "developed a strong influence over him".

He told the mother-of-two he had decided "with some hesitation" not to send her to prison.

The court heard earlier Richards had a three-month relationship with the teenager.

'Don't tell'

She told him: "Don't tell anyone because I might get done for this".

The illicit relationship was uncovered when the victim's suspicious mother recorded their telephone conversations.

Prosecutor Roger Griffiths said: "There were also suggestions of leaving home when he was 16 - which greatly upset his mother."

Sarah Waters, defending, said: "Their relationship obviously developed into something it shouldn't have."

Alongside her suspended jail term, Richards will also have to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

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