‘Predatory babysitter forced me to play sick sex games when I was just 15’
ABRAVE young woman has told of her nightmare being forced to take part in sex games by a predatory babysitter.
Chef Deborah Evans abused the trust of 15-year-old Katrina Holmes’ family when she babysat for nights out.
Innocent Katrina was forced to act out the woman’s sexual fantasies in private – but kept a secret diary of her sexual abuse.
Evans told her “You are gay and you will always be gay”, despite the young girl only being interested in boys.
Katrina, now 34, told of her sex ordeal after Evans, 46, was jailed for seven years after a court heard her diary of the sex attacks.
The pair first met when Katrina was just seven and Evans, then 19, started babysitting her when her dad went to the pub.
Katrina, from Cardiff, said: “I really liked her – she always had a can of lager in her hand and would get pretty tipsy.
“But she was mischievous and fun. My own mum lived hundreds of miles away so I really looked up to Deborah and felt safe with her.”
Evans became a family friend, but her attitude towards Katrina changed after the girl turned 15, leading to the woman making a pass at the teenager during a sleepover.
Katrina said: “She stayed over our house in my bedroom – with two single beds.
“She said ‘kiss me’. I remember her opening her mouth as her lips tried to close onto mine.
“I froze and pulled away from her. ‘What are you doing?’ I said, trying to laugh it off.
“She was 27 and I was 15. I wanted her to care about me but I felt more afraid than safe when she was around.
“I wanted us to be close – more like a parental figure – not in this way.”
Evans became “controlling and bossy”, and even called Katrina’s school to say if there were any problems they were to call her.
But things escalated even further when Evans began forcing the girl to take part in sex games at her flat.
Katrina said: “One evening when she stayed over at Dad’s house she tried to make me perform a sex act on her. It was repulsive.
“I said, ‘I don’t want to’. But she carried on and ignored me.
“I felt powerless and afraid. Maybe I wasn’t a tiny child but she had so much control over me.
“Inside I was crying – this woman who I looked up to and loved was now abusing me.
“She seemed to get a thrill out of the fantasy of being caught.
“One morning I was ironing my school uniform and Deborah walked into the room.
“She said to me, ‘You are gay’. But I answered, “I’m not gay”.
“She gripped me hard. ‘You are gay and you will always be gay’, she said aggressively.”
The abuse, which went on for five months, was eventually reported to police 12 years later, with Katrina using diary entries she made as a girl as evidence.
Evans, who at the time owned catering firm Cardiff Cuisine Catering with her girlfriend, was charged with 11 counts of indecent assault.
The 46-year-old denied the attacks ever took place during a trial at Cardiff Crown Court in February this year but was eventually found guilty and jailed for seven years.
Katrina, who gave evidence in court and has bravely waived her legal right to anonymity, said: “I looked over at her to gauge her reaction but there was none. She showed no emotion.
“It took me 12 years to speak because I blamed myself for so many years. But when I got to 27 myself I realised what she had done was very wrong.
“It has taken so much courage and strength to speak out but I am no longer that frightened teenager. I have made Deborah Evans accountable for what she did to me.
“I looked up to this woman and she abused that trust in the most horrific way. It was unforgivable.”
Evans, from Ely, Cardiff, was ordered to register as a sex offender indefinitely.
Judge Michael Fitton QC told Evans: “The victim was groomed and managed to satisfy your own desires.
“There was overwhelming evidence that the harm she suffered was severe.”
> Innocent Katrina Holmes has told how at the age of 15 she was forced to take part in sex games by her babysitter – but she kept a secret diary of the abuse and has written about its effect on her, below
> Chef Deborah Evans was jailed for seven years