Church wife’s sex romps with boy, 15

Af­fair lasted 3 years

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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.

By TAL­BOT RHODES

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On a so­cial net­work­ing site Paul lists his great­est fear as “My Misses”

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.

Sus­pi­cious

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.

In­cred­i­ble

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

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