Church wife’s sex romps with boy, 15
Affair lasted 3 years
A CHURCH-GOING mum walked free after confessing to having sex with a schoolboy less than half her age – after being caught because his suspicious mother taped their steamy phone chats.
Jehovah’s Witness Kelly Richards, 36, admitted having full sex with the 15-year-old lad from her church congregation in a three-month affair.
Mum-of-two Richards was arrested after the boy’s own mother taped their phone sex chats − and called the police.
But Kelly’s devoted husband Paul is pledging to stand by her despite her underage sex romp − and even went with her to court where she admitted the offences.
Carpenter Paul, 34, was in court with his wife of 13 years for the hearing − helping her as she covered her face in shame.
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Brunette Richards, of Mountain Ash, South Wales, sobbed as she admitted one count of sexual activity with a child between October and December 2012.
Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court was told Richards met the boy after he befriended one of her sons at church − and he came to play on the
X-Box games console in her house.
Richards said she began a three-month sexual relationship with him.
The court heard Richards had told the boy: “Don’t tell anyone because I might get done for this”.
Their relationship was uncovered after the lad’s suspicious mother placed a tape recorder in her son’s bedroom to discover why he had begun hiding his mobile phone and spending so much time staying with Richards.
The recording uncovered phone conversations where the boy was “asking her is she is fingering herself”.
The boy admitted to police that Richards had sex with him, gave him alcohol, asked for massages and was guilty of “leading me on”.
Prosecutor Roger Griffiths told the court the pair had sex after Richards had an argument with her husband.
He said: “Mrs Richards was in her bedroom crying and (the boy) went into the room to comfort her.
“Mrs Richards began kissing him and it led to full sexual intercourse.
“Mrs Richards was in her nightie and his trousers were pulled down. It didn’t last very long as the boy described it − with her astride him.”
The court was told the boy’s housebound mother became suspicious about her son’s contact with Richards and took away his mobile phone.
But Richards gave the boy a new SIM card to carry on their chats in phone calls and text messages.
The pair were arrested in February 2013 and the boy told police she had been “leading him on”.
Mr Griffiths said: “There were also suggestions of leaving home when he was 16 − which greatly upset his mother.”
Sarah Waters, defending, said Richards had been looking after the vulnerable 15-year-old boy because the Jehovah’s Witness community were asked to look after each other.
Miss Waters said: “She took him out with her family to go shopping and ice skating and do all the things a young boy wants to do with a family. Their relationship obviously developed into something it shouldn’t have.”
Judge Richard Twomlow told Richards her victim was “vulnerable” and she had “developed a strong influence over him”.
He told her: “Despite the fact you knew his age you had sexual intercourse with him at your home.
“That happened after a period of what might be described as grooming.
“When you were arrested you denied any sexual relationship.
“You did plead guilty although on the day of your trial.”
Judge Twomlow told Richards he had decided “with some hesitation” not to the send the mother-of-two to jail.
On Monday, Richards was sentenced to a two year suspended jail term and a sexual offences prevention order.
She will also have to sign on to the sex offenders register for 10 years.
A neighbour said: “It is incredible that Paul is sticking with her after what she has done. Having sex with an underage boy like that is disgusting.
“But Paul is like a puppy dog around her. He just follows her around and she can do what she wants.”
‘Mrs Richards was in her nightie and his trousers were pulled down. It didn’t last very long as the boy described it – with her astride him...’
SHAMED: Richards poses for the camera and (left) hiding her face as she leaves court