Babysitter Spared Prison Time For Touching Boy

| by Daniel Rivera
Mary-Ellen Mooney.Mary-Ellen Mooney.

A babysitter in England has been spared prison time for sexually abusing a boy.

Mary-Ellen Mooney, 19, received a suspended jail sentence on Nov. 9 for sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy she babysat in January, reports the Mirror.

Mooney reportedly attacked the boy in his home on three separate occasions one evening as she was looking after him.

She later sent him explicit messages on Facebook, saying: "We should meet up, just me and you. Keep it hush hush - don't tell..."

The prosecutor, Graham Smith, told the court Mooney started rubbing the boy's thigh and kissing him as they watched a movie.

"He asked her to stop, which she did, before pretending she had been [playing a joke]," Graham said.

"She then sat on top of him, straddling him face to face. She then kissed him on the lips. He described it as open and closed mouth, but with no tongues. He didn't feel like he wanted to kiss her back."

Mooney would later force the boy to engage in sex acts with her, according to the Mirror. She messaged him two days later saying: "I have got a really soft spot for you, babe. I think you have a hidden talent. I think you could handle me."

Mooney initially claimed the boy was the one who initiated the sexual activity, but later admitted to two counts of forcing a child to engage in sexual conduct.

"You were a trusted to be the babysitter. You clearly knew what you were doing was wrong," Judge Karen Holt said, reports the Express.

"I have listened very carefully to everything said on your behalf — I don't find this an easy case. The law reflects the seriousness of this abuse of trust on a child so young. I am just about persuaded I don't need to send you to prison today."

Mooney was given a two-year suspended prison sentence and ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work.

She was also placed on England's Sex Offenders' Register for 10 years and has been banned from having any unsupervised contact with boys younger than 16.

"She has accepted her guilt. She is deeply shameful and guilt-ridden about what has happened," defense attorney Sophie Murray said.

Sources: The Mirror, Express / Photo credit: Instagram