August 2019

Woman got 13-year-old girl to take intimate pictures to send to man

A woman that persuaded a young girl to take intimate photos so they could be sent to a man she was “infatuated” with has avoided prison

Gemma Howe, 30, asked the 13-year-old girl to take about five images of her posing naked and told her she should keep what happened to herself, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Howe of St Peter’s Road, March, Cambridgeshire, had denied engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child under 13 but was convicted following a trial, which was held at King’s Lynn Crown Court.

Howe, who was tearful in the dock, was back in court in Norwich for the sentencing hearing and was given a 12 month jail sentence suspended for two years.

She was also made subject to a sexual harm prevention order under which she should not have unsupervised contact with any girl aged under 16. Howe was also placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Sentencing her, Judge Andrew Shaw told her: “You required a 13-year-old child to take images on a phone so you could send it to another man. It is utterly shameful.”

She must also attend a women’s sexual offenders programme.