Monday 11 December 2017

Babysitter (21) blames falling in love 'too fast' for sexually abusing boy (11)

Jade Hatt (21)
Jade Hatt (21)

David Kearns

The babysitter who avoided jail after sexually abusing a young boy (11) because his father defended her in court says she 'fell in love too fast' with the child.

There was widespread outrage after Jade Hatt (21) was spared a prison sentence in the UK when the 11-year-old’s father defended her actions, saying his son was “fully up for it” and saw the sexual conquest as a "notch on his belt”.

A court heard this week that the babysitter, then aged 20, was looking after the young boy when she stripped off, removed his clothes, then had sex with him.

The incident, which happened last November, lasted around 45 seconds and afterwards the boy admitted he had not enjoyed the experience as he knew it was wrong.

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Hatt claimed she thought the child was 16 or 17 and, speaking for the first time, blamed “falling in love too quick” for her actions.

“[The boy] said he liked me in that way. I fall in love too quick and get attached to people quickly.

“What made me sleep with him – I’m not quite sure.   

“I kissed him and he kissed me back or the other way round. Obviously it led from that.”

Adding: “He told me he was older and I believed that. I thought he was 16 or 17 because he is taller and acts older.

“When I stopped I went to the toilet and I was crying and shaking over what I had done.”

The 21-year-old received a six month suspended prison sentence at Swindon Crown Court after admitting sexual activity with a child and is now on the Sex Offenders Register.

She has denied accusations heard in the court that she had also slept with the boy’s father.

"I know what I’ve done is really, really wrong but it’s never going to happen again,” she added.

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