June 2019

‘No more licking’: Judge’s bizarre warning as he spares from jail married woman, 45, who licked face of girl, 14, sent her thousands of explicit messages

A judge told a married female woman ‘no more licking’ as she handed her a restraining order for sending explicit messages to a teenage girl and licking her face. 

Natalie Cummins, 45, sent the teenager messages on Snapchat and WhatsApp detailing the sex acts she wanted to do with her.

They referred to the pair sharing a bed, kissing, cuddling, among more intimate suggestions, the court heard. 

One message read: ‘I’m just trying not to be a total paedo,’ followed by a laughing emoji, jurors were told. 

Cummins, of Boscastle, Cornwall, was caught after a friend of the victim logged on to her social media account and found messages from her, which she sent to the police. 

She was found guilty of sexual communication with a child and given a two-year restraining order banning her from contacting the girl, as her husband of 15 years looked on from the public gallery at Truro Crown Court.

Sitting as judge, recorder Jane Rowley today sentenced Cummings to a 12-month community order – and told her ‘No more licking’ after she denied kissing her victim but admitted to ‘licking her face’. 

Recorder Rowley said she accepted Cummins’ show of shame and remorse and acceptance of responsibility.

‘You did impress on me during the course of giving your evidence of being an intelligent and hard working woman, who moved to this area in 2015 and built up what seems to be vibrant business,’ Recorder Rowley said.

‘You are a much valued member of the community, but your behaviour towards [the victim] did let you down.’ 

But she warned the defendant: ‘No more licking Mrs Cummins. It’s a quite bizarre aspect of this case and you have to reign in your banter and sexual innuendo.’ 

The sexual communication with a child offence was brought in under the Sexual Offences Act in 2017.

It carries a maximum two year prison sentence and automatically places the defendant on the sex offenders’ register. 

Prosecuting, Philip Lee told the court that Cummins met the teenager in 2017 before she started confiding in her about problems she was having at home. 

Police were alerted to the messages by a friend of the girl, who discovered them while using her Snapchat account

The friend took a total of 48 pictures of the conversations, which she forwarded to an officer from Devon and Cornwall Police. 

Mr Lee added: ‘She told the defendant that she was troubled and anxious.

‘The defendant offered her support and advice. There came a time, where the prosecution says, that the defendant felt concern but she became sexually attracted to her.

‘She went on to send sexual text messages and they were so obviously sexual and so obviously to encourage sexual thoughts that there is no doubt that it proves this is not just banter or rude jokes.

‘The defence will argue that she sometimes responded because she didn’t want to upset the claimant. 

‘She confided in the defendant and told her about feeling rejected and unhappy at home.

‘She told her that she self-harmed. They exchanged messages over many months.’

Mr Lee revealed that the girl had asked a friend to log onto her Snapchat account to send a picture so that she could maintain her activity.

He added: ‘When she did access the account, she noticed an incoming message from the defendant.

‘She became concerned on seeing the previous messages and later logged on to the account and photographed the messages and took 48 photographs which she forwarded to a police officer.’

The conversations, in which the defendant’s user name was ‘A Big Spoon’, frequently referred to the pair ‘snuggling’ or ‘cuddling’.

One message, from the defendant, stated: ‘You know exactly where to touch me and for how long.’

Another Snapchat from Cummins stated: ‘I like doing lots of things with my tongue tbf.’

The girl later said: ‘You should be in my bed,’ to which the defendant responded: ‘You definitely wouldn’t be getting your assignment done if I was.’ 

Mr Lee explained that the teenage girl later messaged Cummins to warn her that she had been ‘reported’ to the police.

Cummins then instructed the victim to delete a number of messages and asked for her log in details for Snapchat.

Mr Lee added: ‘The defendant became sexually attracted to [the victim] and expressed this sexual attraction unambiguously.

‘There was no doubt that the defendant wanted to encourage [the victim] to feel the same way towards her. 

‘She wanted to encourage [the victim] to have a sexual relationship with her, if not now then at some point in the future.’

Cummins was today sentenced to a 12-month community order with 60 hours unpaid work, 20 rehab days, a five year sexual harm prevention order, as well as a two-year restraining order banning her from contacting the victim.

June 2019

Woman guilty of sending a schoolgirl sexually explicit messages

A woman has been found guilty of sending a schoolgirl sexually explicit messages for a number of months which included telling the victim that: ‘I’m just trying not to be a total paedo’

Natalie Cummins, 45, of Boscastle, appeared at Truro Crown Court charged with communications of a sexual nature with a child under the age of 16, for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification.

Cummins pleaded not guilty to the offence, but was today found guilty by a jury by a majority of 11-1

Cummins will re-appear back in court tomorrow to be sentenced

Prosecuting barrister Philip Lee told the court that Cummins met the girl in 2017.

Police were alerted to the messages by a friend of the claimant, who discovered them while using her Snapchat account.

The friend took a total of 48 pictures of the conversations, which she forwarded to an officer from Devon and Cornwall Police.

The claimant was described as a “vulnerable” teenager.

Mr Lee continued: “She told the defendant that she was troubled and anxious.

“The defendant offered her support and advice. There came a time, where the prosecution says, that the defendant felt concern but she became sexually attracted to her.

“She went on to send sexual text messages and they were so obviously sexual and so obviously to encourage sexual thoughts that there is no doubt that it proves this is not just banter or rude jokes.

“The defence will argue that she sometimes responded because she didn’t want to upset the claimant. She confided in the defendant and told her about feeling rejected and unhappy at home.

“She told her that she self-harmed. They exchanged messages over many months.”

Mr Lee revealed that the claimant had asked a friend to log onto her Snapchat account to send a picture so that she could maintain her activity.

He continued: “When she did access the account, she noticed an incoming message from the defendant.

“She became concerned on seeing the previous messages and later logged on to the account and photographed the messages and took 48 photographs which she forwarded to a police officer.”

The conversations, in which the defendant’s user name was ‘A Big Spoon’, frequently referred to the pair “snuggling” or “cuddling”.

One message, from the defendant, stated: “You know exactly where to touch me and for how long.”

Another Snapchat from Cummins stated: “I like doing lots of things with my tongue tbf.”

The claimant later said: “You should be in my bed,” to which the defendant responded: “You definitely wouldn’t be getting your assignment done if I was.”

Later in the conversation, Cummins wrote to the claimant: “I’m just trying not to be a total paedo,” followed by a laughing emoji.

The messages also referred to the defendant wanting to kiss the claimant and also made reference to enjoying “ass stuff”.

Mr Lee explained that the claimant later messaged Cummins to warn her that she had been “reported” to the police.

Cummins then instructed the claimant to delete a number of messages and asked for her log in details for Snapchat.

Mr Lee added: “The defendant became sexually attracted to [the claimant] and expressed this sexual attraction unambiguously.

“There was no doubt that the defendant wanted to encourage [the claimant] to feel the same way towards her. She wanted to encourage [the claimant] to have a sexual relationship with her, if not now then at some point in the future.”

He later said: “She attended a police station on June 18, 2018. She made no comment, used her right to remain silent.”