Jail for Allenton mum-of-three who groomed teenager for sex
This Derby mother-of-three groomed a schoolboy into having sex with her not once but twice.
Derby Crown Court heard how when Rachel Geraghty took the victim’s virginity she invited him into her bedroom under the pretence they should watch a film together.
Then, two weeks later, the now-41-year-old, of Allenton, asked him to come round for tea and they had sex on the sofa. On that occasion, her four-year-old son walked in on them and the underage teen had to hurriedly pull up his trousers.
Jailing her for three years, Judge Robert Egbuna said: “Children are meant to be protected, he was a child and he was vulnerable and you were an adult. You invited him into your bedroom under the pretence he should watch a film with you.
“He was wearing a t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms and you asked him to come down by your side and you started running your fingers up and down his neck. He suggests this lasted for around 10 minutes but it may have been shorter than this.
“You then brought your hand down and started to massage (him in a sexual way). You asked him to get on top of you and you asked him if he liked the fact that you were touching him and he said ‘yes’.”
The judge said: “You manoeuvred him in between your legs (and had sex with him). He says he felt like he had to do it but he was a child and you were an adult. In his own words he was ‘not particularly clued up’ and you corrupted him. During the sex you placed your breasts in his face.
“You told him not to tell anyone and he didn’t because he was scared you would find out. But matters did not rest there because two weeks later you invited him round for tea and ended up having sex with him on your sofa. At some point your four-year-old child came into the room although it is not suggested he saw what was happening, it caused (the victim) to pull his trousers up.”
Judge Egbuna said: “Eventually he told his mother, you told a social worker and they told you to tell the police and that led to your arrest on May 7, last year. In your interview, you started to suggest he was the one who effectively instigated the matters. (The victim) stated the (offences) affected his upbringing, he resented women and he has had problems with relationships, and he also said he’s had mental health problems as a consequence, including having to go for anger management.”
Sarah Phelan, prosecuting, said both incidents took place when the victim was aged 13 or 14.
She said after they happened the defendant, of Flamstead Street, told him not to tell anyone what they had done together.
The prosecutor said the complainant eventually came forward and told people what had taken place and the defendant was arrested and interviewed.
Miss Phelan read out a victim impact statement he made ahead of sentencing.
In it, he said he began to “resent women”.
Geraghty pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child.
She had family members in court to support her while the victim had his mother and siblings in court.
Amber Walker, mitigating, said her client had pleaded guilty, meaning he would not have to relive his ordeal by giving evidence at a trial. She said: “The consequences of this case will be felt deeply by her and others.”
As well as the jail term, Judge Egbuna placed Geraghty on the sex offender register for 10 years and handed her a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.
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