A 21-year-old babysitter accused of having sex with an 11-year-old boy charge has escaped prison time.
The babysitter, Jade Hatt, was defended by the boy’s father, who said his son sees it as “a notch on his belt.” He further said that his son was “fully up for the experience” while pleading for Hatt, who pleaded guilty of engaging in sexual activity with a minor, not be subjected to jail time. It has been found that the father previously had sexual relations with Hatt.
“[The boy] is sex mad,” the father said in a statement. “He would have been fully up for this experience and in many ways sees it as a notch on his belt and is totally unaffected by it,” he said in a statement to the court.
The ruling is being criticized heavily by children’s groups.
The date of the sexual encounter has not been revealed to the public. During that the day, Hatt arrived home and saw the boy lying down; she then took off her clothes, sat atop the boy and the two had sex for 45 seconds. The boy told Hatt that he felt it was wrong. When the father arrived home, he saw a “love bite” on the boy’s neck. He checked his son’s phone and found text messages exchanged between the boy and Hatt. The father then called the police and Hatt was subsequently arrested.
According to Inquisitr, Hatt told the police that she thought the boy was 15 years old. However, this claim is being disregarded by the police as Hatt had known the boy and the father for quite some time.
Judge Tim Mousely, QC, said that Hatt was immature for her age and the boy was mature for his; and it was because of this that he exonerated Hatt. “Having read everything before me, it was quite clear he was a mature 11-year-old and you were an immature 20-year-old so that narrows the arithmetic age gap between you,” he said.
The ruling was criticized by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NPSCC). In a statement, the spokesman said, “It beggars belief that Tim Mousley QC could say that the 11-year-old victim’s maturity and the abuser’s immaturity ‘narrowed the age gap’ and was reason to step outside the sentencing guidelines; this sends a deeply worrying signal.”
According to Toronto Sun, Hatt is to register as a sex offender for seven years and enroll into a treatment program.
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