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He still went to sleep with a teddy bear; She corrupted him... not the other way round, says the furious mum of boy victim, 14.

Byline: By JOANNA DESIRA

A MUM has told of her anger after a 40-year-old woman escaped jail after admitting a three-month affair with a 14-year-old boy.

The boy's mum angrily denied a judge's suggestion it was he who seduced the 40-year-old.

And she says she wants to challenge the sentence handed to Sharon Edwards who last week walked free from Teesside Crown Court, with a suspended sentence, after having the affair with the schoolboy.

The youngster's mother said he was so innocent he still went to bed with a teddy bear.

Edwards, of Elton Grove, Stockton, admitted four charges of sexual activity with a child and offering to give the boy cocaine.

Sentencing her to 12 months in jail, suspended for two years with supervision requirements Judge Peter Fox QC said the 14-year-old boy had seduced her.

Edwards was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for five years.

The boy's mum said: "The sentence was inadequate but what really amazed me was the judge's wording.

"I fear a child won't talk now if they know how little is going to happen to someone who's abused them.

"The case sent a message to paedophiles - go out, do what you want, when you want.

"I wanted to kill her ..she had him under her spell."

Edwards had secretly started having sex with the teenager after her marriage hit the rocks.

The mother, who cannot be identified, said her son had been "groomed" for months.

She said even though her son was so child-like he took a teddy to bed, Edwards lured him into sex and tried to offer him drugs.

She said she was "amazed and disgusted" by Judge Fox's comments saying her son was no streetwise kid.

"She corrupted him, not the other way round," she said. "A 40-year-old male paedophile involved with such a young girl would have gone to prison, so why is this so different?"

Edwards' marriage hit the rocks two years ago when she cheated on husband Mark, 43, a wealthy businessman.

The mum found out about the sex sessions with her son when Edwards' husband called to say he had found explicit emails on their computer.

"He told me he thought she was up to something a few weeks before.

"He told me: 'She is having an affair', then said: 'It's with your son.

And she's offered him drugs.' "I dropped the phone and confronted my son, who was in the lounge watching cartoons.

"I just said: 'Is it true? What's been going on?' He went hysterical. He said: 'Sorry, sorry. I didn't know how to make it stop.' "I felt horror, shock, anger, betrayal. I wanted to kill her. I walked out of the room and called the police.

"She told him when he got to 16 she would divorce Mark and buy a house with him.

"She had him completely under her spell."

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NO JAIL: Sharon Edwards outside Teesside Crown Court, after being handed a suspended sentence for having a threemonth affair with a 14-year-old boy after her marriage hit the rocks, and how we reported the story last week, above
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 20, 2008
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