Blackpool mum-of-three ‘Had sex with youth, 15’

Caroline Lea from Blackpool outside Preston Crown Court where she denies seven counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child on various dates between December 2013 and March 2014.
Caroline Lea from Blackpool outside Preston Crown Court where she denies seven counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child on various dates between December 2013 and March 2014.
  • 15-year-old boy was given drugs by a 36-year-old mother-of-three to keep him awake for sex, a court has heard
  • Caroline Lea is said to have slept with the youngster on a regular basis for several months
  • Lea denies sexual activity with three 15-year-old boys

A 15-year-old boy was given drugs by a 36-year-old mother-of-three to keep him awake for sex, a court has heard.

Caroline Lea is said to have slept with the youngster on a regular basis for several months before he said he realised he needed to find a girlfriend of his own age.

Caroline Lea from Blackpool outside Preston Crown Court where she denies seven counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child on various dates between December 2013 and March 2014.

Caroline Lea from Blackpool outside Preston Crown Court where she denies seven counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child on various dates between December 2013 and March 2014.

Lea denies sexual activity with three 15-year-old boys after one claims she made sexual advances to her, another claims he was in a relationship with her and a third claims to have had a threesome with Lea and another teenage pal.

In a recorded police interview, the youngster – who can not be identified for legal reasons – said his sexual relationship with Lea started when he was unable to sleep and went into her bedroom to watch a film.

On the second day of the trial, a jury at Preston Crown Court heard he told the officer: “I was sat on the chair at first and she asked me to come and sit on the bed. I don’t know why because I was just watching a film.

“If you’re a lad and you’re thinking you could be right to bag her – I wasn’t thinking any of that. It was just watching a film and she was getting closer and closer.”

I was sat on the chair at first and she asked me to come and sit on the bed. I don’t know why because I was just watching a film

The boy said he was shocked when Lea tried to kiss him and at first he tried to push her away.

But he said: “Then I just changed my mind, because I’m a lad.”

The interviewing detective asked him: “What ended that first sexual encounter?”

The teenager replied: “We stopped because we were tired.”

After the pair had sex the boy said he felt a bit awkward but continued to visit Lea at the house in Loftus Avenue, Blackpool.

He said: “It happened once and we wanted it to happen again, so I stayed there again and again and again.”

On some occasions he said Lea would give him amphetamines to keep him awake and he was allowed to smoke cannabis in the house.

He told police he called a halt to the relationship when friends told him it wasn’t right and following a confrontation between Lea and a neighbour the youngster decided to tell his mum what had been going on.

Asked what made him decide to stop the alleged relationship, he said: “Because it was wrong, because I’m 15. I’ve got my life ahead of me.

“I’ve got to get out and get my own girl my own age.

“My mates were telling me to stop, that she was ruining my life.”

Another boy, who earlier in the trial claimed to have had a threesome with Lea and another pal, said he too realised that the encounter had been wrong.

He said: “A couple of people said it wasn’t right, letting loads of young lads in her house, letting them smoke weed.

“I thought about it. If it was a guy what done it to a young girl, that would be bad for him. I thought to myself, why should a guy get away with it and not a woman?”

But Rosalind Emslie-Smith, defending Lea, said the first alleged victim and his pals were out of control and Lea had little ability to stop them coming to her home.

Lea was struggling with a drink problem and had a difficult relationship with her partner, the court heard.

On the first day of the trial, Francis McEntee, prosecuting, said: “The complainants and others would go to the address and would be permitted to drink and take drugs.

“The address became something of a doss house.”

He added: “It is quite clear that with the exception of the reluctant third complainant that each of the boys was consenting. It is not a defence. Someone who is under 16 is someone who can not properly give consent.”

Lea, of Clifton Drive, Blackpool, denies seven counts of sexual activity with a child along with charges of allowing her home to be used for taking cannabis and supplying amphetamine to another person.

(Proceeding)