Mother, 36, groomed 15-year-old online before having sex with him

Mother, 36, who groomed 15-year-old boy online before having sex with him in her bedroom is jailed for four years

  • Nicola Holton, 36, told the teenager, 15, ‘she could not wait until he turned 18’
  • She meesaged her victim asking for help with an online game played by her son 
  • Mum Holton, from Worcester, was jailed for four years at Crown Court yesterday 

A mum who groomed an underage boy online before luring him to her house and having sex with him in her bedroom has been jailed.

Nicola Holton, 36, told the teenager ‘she could not wait until 2023 when he would be 18’ and preyed on him on two occasions.

She contacted her 15-year-old victim saying she needed help with an online game her son was playing.

Mrs Harris said Holton ‘put her hand inside his trousers’ and performed two sex acts on him with her hand and her mouth

Holton, of Worcester, was jailed for four years at Worcester Crown Court yesterday. She admitted two counts of sexual activity with a child and one of sexual communication with a child between August 31 and October 10 last year

He was lured to her home after she invited him to watch a film, making him kiss her while she put her hand down his trousers.

She gave him oral sex and also used her hands to perform a sexual act on another occasion.

Holton, of Worcester, was jailed for four years at Worcester Crown Court yesterday.

She admitted two counts of sexual activity with a child and one of sexual communication with a child between August 31 and October 10 last year.

Prosecutor Caroline Harris told the court the boy had said he ‘wanted it to stop and then he would just be a normal child’.

Mrs Harris said Holton ‘put her hand inside his trousers’ and performed two sex acts on him with her hand and her mouth.

Holton also later sent him messages ‘suggesting she was pleasuring herself’.

The victim said he removed those messages because he did not want to see them.

On another occasion she again kissed him and used her hands to perform a sexual act.

Mrs Harris said: ‘He felt he could not say anything about what happened because he was afraid he would get into trouble.

‘He was asking the officer what his punishment might be for what had happened.

‘It was noted by the officer that he was in tears at various stages, showing the distress that has been caused.’

Holton even told the boy ‘she could not wait until 2023 when he would be 18’ and that she had to keep on reminding herself ‘he was only 15’.

The prosecutor said: ‘He does recall feeling pressured to do as he did.’

In a victim personal statement from the boy’s mother she described how her son had struggled to sleep and had become reluctant to be seen out of the house and felt he would be looked at, questioned over what happened ‘and that he will be judged.’

She said: ‘I noticed a real change in him.

‘He was coming in from school and becoming immediately angry.

‘He had turned into someone I did not recognise at all.’

Fiona Elder, defending, said Holton had ‘an inability to cope on her own’ after a controlling relationship with her ex-husband.

Judge Nicolas Cartwright said: ‘You seduced him, kissing him, taking him into your bedroom in your flat then performing oral sex upon him.’

He told her that she then went on to ‘repeat the behaviour’, that the boy had been ‘conflicted’ after the first occasion and ‘sent messages initially saying he did not want your sexual attention’.

He said: ‘You should have known a good deal better in any event given that you were working in childcare and have obtained a diploma.

You were very well aware of how serious this offending was.’

He also noted ‘you have two boys of your own and you could have been under no illusions just how serious your actions were.’

Judge Cartwright also said she had not expressed ‘significant remorse’.

He added: ‘Your sorrow was only for the fact you had found yourself remanded in custody.

‘There was a good deal of victim blaming going on during the course of that interview.’

Holton can expect to serve half of the custodial sentence in custody and half on licence in the community.

An indefinite restraining order and a sexual harm prevention order were also made.

The restraining order prevents her having contact, directly or indirectly, with the boy or from attending his address or any future address at which she knows or believes him to reside.

The SHPO restricts her use of internet-enabled devices, including contacting children online and prohibits unsupervised contact with any male child under 16 other than her own children.

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