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Woman jailed for sex with teenager

07:00 Wed May 23 2012
Hamilton woman had sex with 15-year-old boy (Thinkstock)
Hamilton woman had sex with 15-year-old boy (Thinkstock)

A 45-year-old Hamilton woman who had sex with a 15-year-old boy who was looking for somewhere to spend the night after running away from home has been jailed.

The woman, whose name is suppressed to protect the boy's identity, was jailed for 22 months after admitting a charge of sexual connection with a young person.

The boy visited her home while he was running away because he knew the woman's daughter, but the daughter was not there when he turned up on December 27.

She began kissing him while he was using a computer and subsequently had sex with him, the Waikato Times reported.

"He didn't want anything to happen but felt powerless to stop you," Judge Philip Connell said in Hamilton District Court.

"You knew at the time he was too young to be making any proper judgment, and that to me is very close to acknowledging that he wasn't, in effect, consenting," he said.

She is one of a handful of women convicted since the law was changed in the middle of the last decade so it treats men and women equally as sex offenders.

The law was changed after a Wellington swimming instructor in 2003 reportedly had sex with a 13-year-old boy but wasn't charged as it wasn't illegal at that time.

The Hamilton woman was also convicted of assaulting her 14-year-old daughter last June.