Dec 2010

Mother of two, 26, is jailed after being caught naked in bed with 14-year-old schoolboy lover.

A mother-of-two caught naked in bed with a 14-year-old schoolboy who bragged about the affair on Facebook has been jailed.

Susanne Divers, 26, befriended the boy after meeting him at a party and later began an affair that lasted more than a month.

He was so smitten he boasted on the website: ‘I’ve got the best girl in the world.’

Divers was warned off by police but continued to see him. She was discovered in bed with him by her fiance, who had returned home from work early.

She pleaded guilty to eight counts of sexual activity with a child between December 28, 2009, and February 2 this year. Sentencing her to three years in jail, Judge John Milmo QC told her she cheated on her fiance in a ‘flagrant manner’.

He said: ‘If ever there was a time to stop it was when the police warned you to stay away.

‘Your partner came home and found you both naked. You betrayed your partner in a quite flagrant manner. He’s written to the court and appears to have forgiven you.’

Divers was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and banned from working with children.

Earlier, Leicester Crown Court heard that Divers was dared to kiss the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, during the party where they met.

Paul Prior, prosecuting, said: ‘The defendant described this incident as “more than a peck on the cheek”.’

They soon began swapping saucy text messages and naked pictures of each other.

The boy would play truant from school to meet Divers at her home in Melton, Leicestershire. She tried to end the affair at one point but he was so heartbroken he tried to hang himself and they started seeing each other again.

Mr Prior said: ‘On January 22, the boy visited the defendant’s partner and showed him incriminating texts and told him they’d had sex on seven occasions.

‘She said it was lies and that she never wanted to see the boy again. He then went home and attempted to take his own life.’

It was after the suicide attempt that the police warned Divers about the relationship, but they were unable to act as the boy refused to make a formal complaint.

The pair continued to see each other and arranged meetings around her partner’s shifts, Mr Prior said.

He added: ‘On February 2 Divers’ partner was unwell and came home early.

‘He heard noises upstairs and found the bedroom door locked. He barged the door open… both parties were naked.

‘The boy got up and ran away and was seen leaving the house naked. He rang 999.

‘The defendant was assaulted [slapped] by her partner, for which he was cautioned by police.’

The boy then made a formal complaint to police. Divers, who was engaged to her partner of three years, was bailed but sent the boy a love letter on February 27 saying she was ‘engaged’ to him instead.

Barbara McDonnell, mitigating, said Divers had lost the care of her two sons, aged six and eight, from a former relationship.

She said: ‘It’s very unusual to find a female defendant facing charges of sexual activity.

‘She takes full responsibility for her actions and makes no attempt to place the blame on him.’

Divers sobbed as she was jailed. A sex offences prevention order states she cannot have unsupervised contact with any male under 16.