44-year-old woman jailed for posing as a teenager on Facebook to groom 15-year-old boy for sex

A middle aged woman who posed as a teenage girl on Facebook to groom a 15-year-old boy for sex has been jailed.
"Predator" Marie Dent, 44, set up a fake social media account and began befriending young people online.
After Dent exchanged messages with a 15-year-old boy, they met twice in 2016 and sexual activity took place on both occasions, Essex Police said.
Dent also kept footage of the boy performing a lewd sexual act stored on her mobile phone.
A "large amount" of messages between the pair were found on Dent's phone and some were of a sexual nature.
Dent admitted to three counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of possessing indecent images of a child.
She was jailed for three years at Chelmsford Crown Court on today.
The teenage boy said he was not coerced, did not initiate any activity and said he was a willing participant.
The court heard that Dent has initially set up the fake Facebook account to support a family member who believed their partner had been unfaithful.
Ashley Petchey, prosecuting, said: "The account lay dormant for several months but then contact began to be made with a number of people including the victim in this case.
"There was messaging between the two. The defendant had lied about her age."
Dent, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, was reported to police after the victim's mother found them together at his home.
Detective Constable Richard English said: "Marie Dent is a predator who used a false identity on social media to make friends with someone she knew was 15.
"She deceived the victim, claiming she was the same age and, on those lies, built a friendship which became sexual.
"This was a dreadful case and I'm pleased we've been able to safeguard the victim.
"I hope Dent will use her time in prison to reflect on her actions and their consequences."


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