Something interesting that I noted in this article
Bennett, now 30, pleaded guilty to one charge of taking part in an act of sexual penetration with a child under 16.
It's interesting the way they are applying this law. One would initiall expect that the "act of sexual penetration" would only be applicable to an adult male being charged. I like the fact that the courts recognize there is a risk in allowing a male child to sexually penetrate an adult woman. If she became preganant his future would be dramatically compromised.
However, as we would all excpect:
Judge Pilgrim said it was in her interests to adjourn sentencing for a further medical report and to prepare a report for a community based order.
No doubt because:
Defence lawyer Richard Backwell said at the time Bennett was a depressed, lonely and vulnerable alcoholic who had sought "attention, adoration and admiration". He said three weeks after the incident, she voluntarily contacted police to make full admissions without which a case could not have been mounted.
Just imagine if a man said "well, you see, I was drunk and had some self esteem issues. I really thought that having sex with that 15 year old girl would make me feel better. I just wanted to know that some young girl would find me attractive.
Oh, and if you think she was taking full responsibility because of what her defense attorney said, don't forget:
The pair began fondling each other and undressed before having sex, which was interrupted when a friend of the boy -- who later approached police -- entered the room.
I'm sure the witness that was about to come forward had nothing to do with her cathartic revelation that she should confess to her crime and co-operate with the authorities.