A female babysitter who had sex with an 11-year-old boy was excused from jail after the boy's father said his son saw it as "a notch on his belt."
Jade Hatt, 21, was babysitting the boy when he had a day off from school. While he was laying down, she stripped off her clothing, removed the boy's clothes, straddled him and had sex with him, according to Mirror Online.
After the incident in November, the boy's father noticed his son had a hickey on his neck and checked his phone to find texts from the babysitter which revealed what had taken place.
He called the police, and Hatt was arrested. She reportedly told police that she thought the boy was 15.
The boy's father, who is also Hatt's ex-lover, stood up in court and pleaded for the babysitter to be spared from jail.
"I know he told her he was 15," a statement shared in court from the boy's father read. "He looks older than his years.
"He is sex-mad. 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."
Prosecutor Hannah Squire told Swindon Crown Court that Hatt told the boy she enjoyed their brief 45 seconds of sexual intercourse, but that the boy said he did not enjoy it as he knew it was wrong.
Judge Tim Mousley QC gave Hatt a suspended sentence, saying that she was "immature" and that the victim was unusually mature, which "narrows the arithmetic age gap." He sentenced Hatt to six months in jail suspended for two years with supervision, Mirror Online reports.
Mousley said Hatt must register as a sex offender for seven years. He also imposed a sexual harm prevention order, which bans her from having unsupervised contact with young boys for two years.
The judge's sentence was slammed by the NSPCC, who suggested that the punishment would have been more harsh if Hatt were a man, the Daily Mail reports.
"The judge's comments in this case send out completely the wrong message and confirm a common view in society that the abuse of a young boy by a woman is somehow less serious than the abuse of a girl by a man," a spokesman for the NSPCC said, according to the Daily Mail.