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A court in Truro, Cornwall, has heard how Lucy Hambley, 40, plied a 13-year-old boy with alcohol and then had sex with him to “prove he wasn’t gay” after the boy had confided his doubts about his sexuality to her. 

Prosecuting counsel Heather Hope told the court that Hambley kissed the boy without consent then led him to a bedroom where she had sex with him. Despite the boy’s pleas to stop, Hambley led him to a bedroom, removed his trousers and underwear and “rode him for about half an hour”, refusing to stop until he had ejaculated.

Miss Hope explained that Hambley regularly sent the boy nude photos which she had used on dating websites and that the abuse happened on an almost dally basis for nine months between 2018 and 2019. Miss Hope went on to say: ”She asked him to have sex or make love to her. He was just 13 and did not really know what most of those words meant.”

Eventually, the boy contacted Childline before telling a youth worker and his mother that Hambley had “done bad things” to him. Police were informed and were able to verify the boy’s claims by analysing semen stains on Hambley’s bedlinen.

After initially denying any wrongdoing, Hambley later admitted four charges of sexual activity with a child and was jailed for seven and a half years. In a statement that was read out in court, the boy explained that Hambley had “destroyed me” and that he felt “useless. worthless and stupid” with suicidal thoughts and trauma that “never goes away”.

Judge Anna Richardson placed Hambley on the Sex Offenders Register for life and told her that she would have to serve at least five years of her sentence before being able to apply for parole.

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