A women sexually abused a schoolboy after she seduced him over a game of strip poker.
Janice Higgins, then 33 and a married mother-of-two, sexually abused a 13-year-old boy at her home after she met him through a relative’s friendship group.
On one occasion she coerced the boy into sexual intercourse whilst she was sat on a chest freezer in her garden shed whilst her unsuspecting husband Jimmy was at the pub playing darts.
She also kissed and cuddled him whenever he babysat her children and sometimes when Mr Higgins, a tip worker, had gone to bed.
The abuse took place between 1993 and 1995 only stopped when the unnamed lad feared being teased at school after a friend found out about it.
He denied an affair to friends and kept it as a secret due to be embarrassed — but went to police last year claiming the fling had left him suicidal and led him to take drugs.
At Bolton Crown Court, Higgins, now 60, of Tyldesley, near Wigan, Greater Manchester broke down in tears as she admitted gross indecency and indecent assault.
She was sentenced to two years jail suspended for 24 months after claiming the affair began after her husband was being abusive towards her.
Higgins was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years. It is thought she and her husband are no longer together.
The incidents occurred after the victim became part of a friendship group one of whom was a relative of Higgins.
Prosecutor David Polglase said: “She would have known he was aged 13 at the time due to the fact that he was wearing a school uniform.
“She made a suggestion to the complainant that they should play strip poker.
“He admitted he enjoyed the flirty attention. She was deliberately losing the game.
“She began by removing her top and he remembers her wearing a white sports bra, and he explains he got excited.
”They played another game and then she lost on purpose and exposed her breasts.
“There was a touching of her breast at her request in passing if he wanted to touch them. This lasted a few minutes.”
In a victim personal statement read to the court, the victim, now 39, said: “This happened a long time ago and has had a massive effect on me.
“Following this I was in and out of the care system. I didn’t know what path my life would take.
“I had bad days and I had an addiction to alcohol and drugs lasting years.
“I started smoking cannabis after the sexual offending happened and that developed to me taking heroin.
“I became paranoid and anxious.”