|Claire Louise Roundill|
A family is very mad after a judge freed a woman, who exploited two of their underage boys.
The woman, who pleaded guilty to supplying drugs to 15 and 17-year-old brothers before having sex with them, got a suspended sentence and walked out of the courtroom a free woman.
Claire Louise Roundill, 32, is a married woman who already has three children. While she had the affair with the brothers she became pregnant. She told the boys that she was pregnant, but did not know who the father was. Roundill later aborted the baby.
Roundill gave the 15-year-old boy marijuana and sent him hundreds of texts and nude photos of herself before driving him to a secluded place where they had sex. Roundill said that she was initially unaware of his age, but she admitted that she had sex with him despite later learning that he was under the age of consent.
Roundill’s lawyer, Charlotte Baines, told the court: “the married mother was going through a difficult time in her life when she had the relationships. Her marriage was in real trouble and she was suffering financially. She's not the kind of woman the court needs to send to jail immediately," Baines said.
At sentencing, after admitting to sexual activity with the minor and supplying the boys with drugs, the judge gave her a nine month suspended sentence. She also has to register as a sex offender for ten years.
The family is outraged. The father of the two teenagers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has spoken out against Roundill’s sentence.
“She should have been locked up for taking advantage of our children,” he said.
“If it had been the other way around and this was a man who had sex with two underage girls, he would have been jailed, but because she is a woman, she walked free. She received a slap on the wrist and we are all disappointed,” he added.
"Before this, he was a good child, and now he has changed. He has been in trouble with the police and this has never happened before,” the father said.