Babysitter, 18, faces jail for sex assault on 13-year-old


A babysitter who admitted persuading a 13-year-old boy to touch her sexually has been told she could face jail.

Mary-Ellen Mooney had been babysitting at a family home when one of the child’s friends visited the house and was welcomed in by the child minder.

A judge heard that the 13-year-old boy had gone to visit one of the children Mooney had been trusted to protect and care for, while their parents had been away.

However as the 18-year-old sat on the sofa watching TV with the young boy, she began making sexual suggestions and the pair started “cuddling.”

Mooney then grabbed hold of the young boy’s hand and “guided” it down to her genital area, placing his hand under her underwear and near her vagina.

Richard Milne, prosecuting, said: “The boy noted that there was no hair in the pubic area that he touched but she had guided his hand down to her pubic area while they sat cuddling on the sofa.

“It was believed that all this all happened in a period of minute and also involved the pair kissing on the lips.”

Just days following the sexual activity - on January 10 - Mooney, of Black Heath Cresent, Bradwell Common, continued to pursue the boy by sending him Facebook messages describing what the pair could do if they were to meet again.

Mr Milne continued: “One to two days later there was a series of Facebook messages that although did not talk about the victim’s penis actually penetrating the defendant, the messages were clearly of a sexual nature.”

The judge, sitting at Aylesbury Crown Court in Amersham, heard that members of the boy’s family had confronted Mooney following the allegations of her sexual behaviour and launched an assault in retaliation which was dealt with by police.

Judge Karen Holt said: “There have clearly been repercussions following the incident which was, of course, the assault by the boy’s family members.

“Members of the family clearly took matters into their own hands as feelings undoubtably run high in cases such as this.

“She is 18 and of good character, he was 13. There was an abuse of trust as he had gone over to the house to see his friend.”

The teenager, who worked as a full time insurance sales operative, stood silently in the dock as she was told she would have to wear a curfew tag between 7pm and 6am until her sentencing hearing, due to happen on November 10.

Addressing Mooney, Judge Holt said: “This is a case that clearly passes the custody threshold and, although this is not certain, you must know that you could face a prison sentence following your offences which you have admitted.”