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Thursday, October 22, 1998 Published at 18:06 GMT 19:06 UK


UK

Sex case Scout mistress spared jail

Sarah Hubert has been banned from the Scouts

A former Scout mistress has been placed on probation for two years for indecently assaulting a 14-year-old boy scout.

The affair began with a stolen kiss at a camping weekend and led to regular sex sessions.

The boy, now aged 15, had earlier told a court he had been sleeping next to Sarah Hubert in his sleeping bag - and beside his girlfriend - when they kissed.

Their relationship grew until they were having sex once a week.

On several occasions he had even left school during lunch breaks to have sex with Hubert, then aged 24, at her Bournemouth home.

Love letter

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: "I started seeing her occasionally, and our relationship grew.

"I started to meet her for lunch, and we would go back to her house.

"Eventually we ended up sleeping together."

He said they had sex around once a week for a year starting in March last year until February this year.

The affair ended when the boy's father found a love letter written by Hubert and signed G for gorgeous.

He contacted police as a way of ending the liaison.

Hubert was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault at Bournemouth Crown Court last month and was bailed for reports.

Boy 'coped well'

Judge Richard Hawkins at the Old Bailey in London told Hubert it would be in the public interest if she was given probation rather than a prison term.

Mr Andrew Barnett, prosecuting, told the court that inquiries had been made about the effect on the victim, saying the boy had "coped well" with his experience.

"In the words of his father, the boy appears to have 'bounced back'."

Hubert, 26, casually dressed in blue slacks and a grey jumper, hugged her father Ian after the sentence was announced.

She left the court through a rear exit, smiling broadly but refusing to make any comment.

Since the case she has lost her job as a part-time teacher and is banned from working for the Scouts again.

The victim and his parents were not in court.





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