Blackpool woman sexually abused schoolboy then tried to babysit other children

Jade Henderson, 27, has been jailed for 15 months for breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

A Blackpool woman who engaged in sexual activity with a young boy has been brought back to court after befriending families with children.

Jade Henderson was convicted of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a boy who was aged 11 or 12 in April 2015.

Henderson was given a five-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to the offence and was also given a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

She avoided a prison sentence after the boy’s father, in a victim personal statement, said his son had “been a willing party”.

At Preston Crown Court, 27-year-old Henderson appeared to be sentenced for five “flagrant” breaches of the SHPO involving three different boys.

Henderson, who has “significant learning difficulties”, and her boyfriend had met a family in a pub in Blackpool in January 2018.

Prosecutor Amanda Johnson told the court that the family had four young children.

“The defendant liked playing with the children and their mother thought nothing of it,” she said.

“They became good friends and the defendant and her partner would visit the family three or four times a week.

“The defendant offered to babysit on a number of occasions but the mother refused because she already had a babysitter.

“The defendant also asked if the children could stay over at her home.

“On one occasion the defendant took the children to a shop but she didn’t bring them back immediately which caused the mother to be worried.

“She rang up and the defendant said she was in a KFC with the children and apologised.”

The court heard that the mother was then sent a newspaper clipping dating back to when Henderson was convicted of sexual activity with a child.

“On May 29 in 2018 a man and his wife were on holiday at a campsite in North Wales and the defendant and Mr Wood were at the same campsite,” Miss Johnson said.

“The defendant went into a caravan with her partner and she was talking to some children. She took photos of them on her mobile phone.

“The defendant recounted a tale about how she had two children who had died in a car crash but when she told the family her age they realised something didn’t add up and became suspicious.

“The man’s wife looked on Google and found out about her past.”

One of the boys later said Henderson had taken photos of him and told him that she loved him.

Henderson later failed to comply with the notification requirements of her conviction from 2015 by not informing police when she moved into the New Milton Hotel in Blackpool where she worked as a live-in manager with Mr Wood.

Defence barrister Julie Taylor said Henderson and Mr Wood had moved to Blackpool “to start a new life” and she had found it difficult to disclose details of her conviction.

The court heard Henderson, who lived in Nelson Road in Blackpool at the time, has since moved to Stewarton Street, Wishaw, Scotland with Mr Wood who has “stood by her”.

“She had leukaemia as a child and missed out on much of her childhood as a result,” Miss Taylor said.

“She has a bad memory and it is almost as if she is a child. She didn’t notify the police of her change of her address because she simply forgot.

“She was desperately trying to get on with her life. She made a mistake when she was a younger woman and this is a mistake she won’t repeat.

“She is simply trying to lead a normal life.

“Nothing happened to these children; she was trying to start again without people knowing her background.

“She received threats after she was convicted and she tried to take her own life.

“They moved to Blackpool to try and start a new life. She found it very difficult to tell people about her background because of the stigma attached to it.”

The judge, Recorder Ian Harris, told Henderson there was “no alternative” sentence but immediate imprisonment.

“Your previous convictions for sexual activity with a male child you were cautioned which I view as a warning.

“In June 2016 you were sentenced for failing to comply with the supervision order.

“I regret to inform you that I don’t find any alternative sentence other than immediate imprisonment. You have had warnings in the past and these are offences against children and against justice.

“These children were very young, you befriended them and you didn’t disclose your background. You hoped the parents wouldn’t find out.

“No harm came to the children but I find this behaviour troubling.

“You avoided immediate imprisonment in 2016, you breached the supervision aspect, you have breached the order and ignored court orders and in my judgement the only sentence is one of immediate imprisonment.

“You do pose a risk to children.”

Henderson was jailed for a total of 15 months.