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'I never expected her to do this, you trust your friends. And he was just a child'
She managed to avoid an immediate jail sentence after she admitted three charges of sexual activity with a child.
The mother-of-two changed her pleas to guilty just minutes before a trial was due to start when the boy was expected to have been called to give evidence. Her barrister Dominic Webber asked the judge what the maximum sentence was likely to be if she entered guilty pleas.
After a few minutes, Ackland returned from a cigarette break and admitted the offences and was given a nine month jail sentence suspended for a year.
The court heard that they were discovered when the boy’s older brother heard noises coming from a bedroom. Ackland was heard talking to the boy during their sex session, at one point saying: “I can’t believe I’m doing this."
Prosecutor Andrew Espley told the hearing: “She was drunk at the time and used the teenager AS a sexual object.”
He said the two had met at a social event when a group of friends had returned to the boy’s house when “everyone did three shots of vodka”.
“They were standing near a fridge and the teenager was backed into a
little corner cabinet and then they kissed.”
Later the group went to another house and when Ackland and the boy were alone, she suggested they have sex.
Mr Espley said they were then disturbed by others arriving and Ackland
tried to get the boy to walk her home on the pretext she had lost her phone.
The prosecutor said that in the end she stayed at the house, stripped
off and indulged in sex games before the two had intercourse.
Mr Espley added: “What she did caused them to be discovered.”
The victim would later tell a friend: “I went to get into my trackies
and she stripped naked in front of me. Yeah we had sex but it was
The prosecutor said within days the incident was the talk of the
school and was then reported to the authorities.
Ackland told a friend: “He tried to kiss me. I’m a 40-year-old woman,
what am I supposed to do?”
Mr Webber said the Tesco shelf-stacker had grown up in Germany the
daughter of a father who was in the military.
She married in 1993 but was now divorced with two teenage children.
He said: “She accepts that this was extremely irresponsible behaviour
and she admits to being a binge drinker.”
She was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years and
pay £500 court costs.
The boy cannot be named for legal reasons.
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