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The Daily Record
By Ian Dow
24 Jan, 2007
Court ban over boy, 13
A FORMER childminder who sent sexy texts to a boy of 13 was banned by a court from being alone with children yesterday.
Debbie Lane, 35, bombarded the son of one of her closest friends with explicit messages over 10 days.
The contents of the texts were not revealed, but prosecutors said they were of “an overtly sexual nature”.
First offender Lane admitted lewd and libidinous practices and was bailed to await sentence on March 7.
Sheriff Ian Dunbar told her: “This is a very serious matter. A condition of your bail is that you will not be alone with any child under 16, other than your own child, unless supervised.
“You will also be put on the sex offenders’register.”
John Keir, prosecuting, told Dunfermline Sheriff Court how Lane became close to the boy as she helped his mum through the break-up of her marriage.
Lane, a married mum of one, often looked after the woman’s kids so she could go to work.
Mr Keir said: “The boy’s mother noticed her son and Lane were becoming quite close. This was explained by him needing another adult in the absence of his father.
“But their apparent closeness became something of a concern to his mother.
“Shortly before New Year, her suspicions arose about what may have become of the relationship. Then, on January 16 last year, they were confirmed when she found a text on her son’s mobile.”
Mr Keir said police were called, and officers found texts of “an overtly sexual nature” on the boy’s phone.
He described the case as “an unfortunate state of affairs for someone who has not been in trouble before.”
Lane, of Fairykirk Road,
Rosyth, Fife, sent the texts to the boy between January 1 and January 16, 2006. As well as working as a childminder, she has been involved with the Scout movement in the past.
She sat with her head in her hands for most of the hearing, and looked at the floor as defence lawyer Ian Beatson said she would be pleading guilty.
Mr Beatson blamed the offences on anti-depressants Lane was taking at the time.
He said the boy went to Lane for advice about a relationship he was having with a girl.
He added: “They discussed sexual matters, and they also discussed what kind of sexual relationship she had with her husband.
“She has ME and was taking anti-depressants, which have a certain disinhibiting effect.”
Sheriff Dunbar called for an assessment of how likely Lane is to reoffend. He also asked for a report from a psychologist.