No jail for Irish woman who sexually abused little girl
A woman who claims that she only realised that she had sexually abused a little girl after taking a course in child protection has avoided jail.
The woman, who can’t be named for legal reasons, received a suspended sentence at Letterkenny Circuit Court in Co Donegal yesterday.
The Irish Daily Star reports that she admitted two charged of sex abuse against a girl in the mid-2000s.
The court heard that the child, who was 10 or 11 years old at the time, was in the care of the accused woman.
The woman reportedly kissed the child, rubbed her breast and then rubbed her own breasts during the sordid incident.
The child told her mother what had happened, but when approached the accused woman denied any wrongdoing and said she had only been playing with the girl.
On a second occasion the girl’s mother was in a car crash, forcing her father to leave her in the care of the accused once again.
This time the child was ordered to take a bath and the woman rubbed the little girl’s vaginal area with a flannel for five minutes.
The woman told the court that she only appreciated the seriousness of the incident after she took a child protection course and disclosed the abuse.
The court heard that the woman had suffered prolonged sexual abuse as a child.
Judge John Aylmer sentenced the woman to 18 months in jail for each abuse to run concurrently, but suspended them for two years.