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Woman who slept with 14-year old boy in a school bus sentenced to three years in jail

By Mirror | June 4th 2015

UK: An army wife who had sex with a 14-year-old boy while employed as a school bus monitor has been jailed.

Caroline Salisbury, 28, wept as her two-year suspended sentence was thrown out and replaced with three-years imprisonment.

Top judges ruled that it was "unduly lenient" for her to dodge jail after having sex repeatedly with a schoolboy, who is another soldier's son.

Sir Brian Leveson had to adjourn the court during sentencing, after Salisbury fled the room in floods of tears before returning to face her new life behind bars.

The judge said: "The victim was a child.

"The most deeply unpleasant aspect of this offending was that she chose to cast herself in the role of prey rather than predator.

"The sentencing judge described her suggestion that the victim had pressed himself on her as revolting."

Another aggravating feature was the abuse of trust "consequent upon her having instigated the relationship while travelling on the school bus and carrying out her duties as a monitor".

The judge said that, while Salisbury had been assessed by psychologists as not being a paedophile and having "no disorder of sexual preference", she previously had sex with a 17-year old boy.

In light of this she was considered a "medium risk of harm to adolescent male children".

The pair had unprotected sex four times at her married quarters whilst her husband was out, and she sent the lovestruck boy a Facebook message saying: "I cannot wait for you to f*** me again."

Salisbury persisted, even after being warned off by the boy's family and the military police, and when she was eventually arrested sought to claim that her victim had "forced himself" on her.

Setting out the mitigation, Sir Brian went on: "On the other side of the coin, however, she had the good sense to plead guilty, she demonstrated remorse and was responsible for two small children.

"Were she to lose her liberty, her husband would have to give up his employment to look after them.

"Her lack of previous convictions had to be put in context with the previous sexual relationship with the 17-year-old."

Sir Brian added that Salisbury had to endure considerable delay "which was not her responsibility" while waiting to find out if she would be re-sentenced and jailed.

But he concluded that she had to be put behind bars for what she had done.

"In our judgement, taking into account the mitigation and allowing for the delay and an aspect of double jeopardy, the very least sentence that can be passed is one of three years' imprisonment," he said.

Salisbury, who attended court with a large holdall in preparation for prison life, was taken to the cells following the ruling.

She pleaded guilty to four charges of sexual activity with a child and was given the original sentence before complaints from the boy's family and an MP led to it being referred by Attorney General Jeremy Wright.

She was married to a serving soldier based in Germany but was estranged from him at the time of the crime.

Speaking after the hearing, Mr Wright said: "She clearly took advantage of a teenager.

"I referred the case to the Court Martial Appeal Court as being unduly lenient because the original sentence failed to fully reflect the degree of planning and the serious breach of trust in these offences.

"The fact that Court Martial Appeal Court has imposed an immediate prison term on Caroline Salisbury sends out a strong message that teenagers have a right to be protected from sexual abuse."

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