A woman has been jailed after she had s*x with a boy by pretending to be 15 after grooming him on Facebook.
Marie Dent, 44, was caught by the boyâ€™s mother when she walked in on her sexually abusing him in his bedroom at his home.
She created a fake profile on Facebook, using a false name and an image of a child to chat to the boy.
The conversation soon turned sexual and they arranged to meet when they kissed and cuddled.
They met for a second time and engaged in sexual activity in the boyâ€™s bedroom, Chelmsford Crown Court heard.
When Dent, from Clacton, Essex, was arrested they found a video of the boy and she went on to admit sexual activity with a child and possession of indecent images of a child.
The boyâ€™s mother said she felt guilty about what had happened and the police and court process had left â€˜a black cloudâ€™ hanging over them.
Jailing Dent for three years, judge Emma Peters said: â€˜You are a woman in your 40s and he was a child.
â€˜Whatever he may have said to you and however emotionally damaged you are, nothing can possibly excuse a woman of [then] 43 engaging in sexual activity with a boy of 15.â€™
She will also be on the sex offendersâ€™ register for life.
DC Richard English said: â€˜Marie Dent is a predator who used a false identity on social media to make friends with someone she knew was 15.
â€˜She deceived the victim, claiming she was the same age and, on those lies, built a friendship which became sexual.
â€˜This was a dreadful case and Iâ€™m pleased weâ€™ve been able to safeguard the victim. I hope Dent will use her time in prison to reflect on her actions and their consequences.â€™
Hannah Webster mitigating, said: â€˜She realises she is the adult and she is in the wrong.
â€˜She is extremely remorseful for her actions and had an extremely difficult childhood and an extremely difficult adulthood.
â€˜She is a woman in an extremely fragile state in terms of emotional wellbeing.â€™
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