Perverted woman groomed autistic boy online by sharing explicit pictures and messages with him
The woman has since admitted that she urged the boy to commit sexual activities and has also admitted to meeting up with him after she spent some time grooming him
A perverted woman groomed a 15-year-old autistic boy online and used to send him topless photos of her as well as multiple sexually explicit messages. Forty three-year-old Karen Robb used to discuss meeting up with the teen in a park so that they could "do naughty things".
The deranged woman also sent the boy many images of herself while she was naked from the waist up and had encouraged him to perform sexual acts with her after she formed a friendship with him on social media. She continued to groom the child for many weeks until she met up with him. Robb was found out after her partner of 15 years got suspicious and found the lewd messages on her phone.
Mirror Online reported that the child's parents also found out later that the woman and their son had met up and exchanged pictures with each other. Robb has since admitted that she urged the boy to commit sexual activities and has also admitted to meeting up with him after she spent some time grooming him.
Karen Robb, 43, mother, who groomed boy, 15, over Facebook by showing him her breasts, is jailed for 16 months as judge says female sex offenders should be treated as seriously as males https://t.co/aUmAY1Klyc pic.twitter.com/ZvXXF55hDb— Mike Buchanan (@MikeBuchanan11) September 6, 2018
Robb wore a baggy floral t-shirt and a blue hoodie as she appeared to have no emotions as she was sentenced to prison for 16 months. Frances McEntee, the prosecutor, said, "There is a degree of rationalization by the boy who says he felt he had to engage in the relationship. He did willingly engage in what was an inappropriate online relationship. He repeatedly expressed his love for the defendant."
Over a period of time, Robb had responded to the child with a kiss and then started explicitly chatting with him. The naive child responded that he wanted to "hold hands" McEntee added, "She's clearly taken advantage of a vulnerable young man. It's apparent his parents had become aware. His mother was in the practice of checking his phone and discovered some of the exchanges. He became very distressed."
John Woodward, the defense attorney, said that the woman is completely different now as opposed to when the offenses were committed. He told the jury at that time that she had been homeless and had been couchsurfing after her relationship ended. Woodward said, "She says her partner had been violent to her towards the end of their relationship. She took comfort from communication with other males on Facebook and other social media. That's what led her partner to become suspicious about her extramarital flirtations. She was herself quite vulnerable."
He also added that she was not living in a home and has a new partner. Woodward asked the court to suspend her jail term but Judge Heather Lloyd refused and told Robb that when the child had sent her the messages, she should have "taken him off your Facebook account, not encourage him".
The furious judge said, "In your pre-sentence report you denied deriving sexual pleasure from this behavior. I do not accept that. It is an explanation often given by offenders. Of course you derived sexual pleasure from it, otherwise, you would not have acted as you did, and it is clear you were flattered by the attention. This was not a moment of madness. This conversation and this behavior went on for weeks and you went several steps further than talking."
"The author of your pre-sentence report is concerned you lack insight into the seriousness of what you have done and you cannot understand the potential impact on your victim and his family. It is true most offenders involved in this criminality are male, but there are female offenders and there is no reason to treat a female offender any differently than a male offender."
Robb was finally given a sexual harm prevention order and a restraining order that are both valid for 10 years each. She has also been ordered to sign the Sex Offender's Register for 10 years.