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Mother Who Had Sex With Boy Fights To Keep Her Identity Secret

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Christchurch, Jan 16 NZPA - A Christchurch mother-of-two is continuing her fight to keep her name out of the media after admitting having sex with a 15-year-old boy.

Judge Stephen Erber refused to continue the suppression order when the woman pleaded guilty in Christchurch District Court today.

But defence counsel Gilly Ferguson said there would be an immediate appeal to the High Court for continued suppression.

She said the 35-year-old woman did not seek suppression for herself but for her two daughters, aged 10 and 15.

"The school term is about to go back," Mrs Ferguson said.

"It would be foolish to think that if her name is published her daughters would not be subjected to jokes and very cruel remarks."

However, Judge Erber refused interim suppression.

"This offence carries 10 years imprisonment. It is not a minor matter. Had the defendant been a male and the complainant female, I doubt very much suppression would have been granted no matter what the circumstances."

But because the appeal was being filed, he granted suppression until 5pm on Monday to allow the application to be lodged with the court.

Once the papers were filed, the name would remain suppressed until the appeal was heard in the High Court.

At an earlier appearance, Mrs Ferguson said she was seeking medical reports on the woman. They could point to significant mental health issues, and there could be drug and alcohol problems.

She also said the woman had been told that because of the sensitive nature of her work, her employers could dismiss her if their name became public knowledge.

The woman today admitted the charge of having sexual connection with a boy aged 15 about September 6.

Police prosecutor Al Manco said the woman had been at a Linwood address with the boy on an evening when they had alcohol and the party pills, benzylpiperazine (BZP). They then had sex.

"The defendant was spoken to in October and admitted having sex with the boy. She said it was the biggest mistake of her life and she was extremely remorseful," he said.

She said the boy had helped himself to the BZP tablets and had initiated the sex.

Since the offence, she had sought help for alcohol dependency, he said.

Judge Erber remanded the woman to March 6 for a pre-sentence report, a victim impact report, and sentence.

He said he would not seek the report that would allow her to be granted home detention or community detention.

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