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Tutor spared jail over child sex

An Oxfordshire woman who had sex with a 14-year-old boy with learning difficulties, has been given a 12-month suspended jail sentence.

Catherine Armstrong, a special needs tutor, from Thame, met the boy after agreeing to help him with his dyslexia.

At Oxford Crown Court the 33-year-old admitted three charges of sexual activity with a child.

Sentencing Armstrong, Judge Julian Hall told her: "You now have the chance to rebuild your life."

Judge Hall said: "In prison there aren't any facilities for helping female sex offenders.

"I don't think you will be a danger in the future.

"I'm conscious of the sentencing guidelines but I don't think this kind of case is catered for in them."

Armstrong could be jailed for the 12 months if she commits a similar offence within the next two years.

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