She added: She was a sad and lonely housewife, she was not working, her parents had moved abroad, she was stuck at home, her marriage was failing and this boy paid her attention and she was flattered by it. In one of the messages the boy asked her to buy some cocaine. They stayed in contact through text messages and emails and on one occasion Edwards took him to her sister s empty home for a night of sex. Last night Claude Knights, director of children s charity Kidscape, said: This sentence sets an awful precedent. Edwards was ordered to register as a sex offender for five years. He confronted her about his suspicions but she denied it. She still lives round here and can now do whatever she wants and go wherever she wants.
Her eight-year marriage to a luxury car sales tycoon was falling apart, she felt trapped and lonely and was flattered by the attention the boy was paying her, Teesside Crown Court heard. She agreed and then said he would not need to pay her. Yet she walked free from court yesterday after Judge Peter Fox QC said the married housewife was an unhappy woman who was unable to resist the advances of a child. Edwards, a mother of two, admitted having sex with the boy on four separate occasions between September last year and January and yesterday was given a 12-month jail term, suspended for two years. Deborah Sherwin, defending Edwards, said her client had pleaded guilty because she did not want her young victim to have to give evidence in court. But in January her suspicious husband, Mark, 43, discovered scores of emails she had sent to and received from the boy. Judge Fox: Exceptional case Tina Dempster, prosecuting, said the boy later broke down in tears when his mother asked him if the allegations were true.
Sharon Edwards, 40, bombarded the boy with as many as 50 text messages and emails a day, offered to buy him cocaine and regularly lured him into her bed. He told her he was sorry but he did not know how to stop it. But last night the boy s mother attacked the judge s decision... They had decided to make a go of it but by the end of October Mr Edwards was convinced his wife was having an affair. Despite a blossoming property empire and a successful car sales business, their marriage was struggling to survive. ..