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Woman jailed for sex with boy, 14

A 40-year-old Teesside woman who had sex with a 14-year-old boy has been jailed after her original non-custodial sentence was overturned.

In October, Sharon Edwards was given a suspended 12-month term, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to sexual activity with a child.

However, after an appeal court hearing earlier she was jailed for a year.

The married mother-of-two, from Elton Grove, Stockton, also admitted offering to supply the boy with a Class A drug.

'Unduly lenient'

During the original hearing, the judge at Teesside Crown Court said Edwards had been "seduced" by the "mature" teenager.

However, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, and two other judges in the Court of Appeal, ruled the non-custodial punishment was "unduly lenient".

Lord Judge said: "We reject the judge's conclusion that this boy, and we use the word deliberately, seduced the offender, whether for sexual purposes or in order to gain access to cocaine."

He ruled that the new sentence would still be one of 12 months "but that sentence will no longer be suspended".

Edwards was ordered to surrender to her nearest police station by 1300 GMT on Wednesday.

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