Boy tells of Derby mum accused of pre-teen sex assaults

A Derby boy has told a trial how he and a mother-of-three would meet in secret and “touch each other down there”.

The alleged victim said he became Deborah Yates “new boyfriend” at the age of 12 and that after initially kissing and hugging matters became sexual.

The now teenager said she would bring money and sweets and that they would arrange to see each other in a field before he started school.

Yates, known as Debbie, formerly of Chaddesden, Derby has been charged with four counts of sexual assault of a child aged under 13.

The 38-year-old is also on trial for three counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one charge of child abduction.

She denies all of the counts.

The boy’s initial police interview from was played to the jury in which he was asked about Yates.

He replied: “She was married, she did not get on with him and was looking for a new boyfriend and I was that boyfriend.

“We would meet before school and would touch each other.

“She would touch me down there and I would touch her down there.

“She would bring money and sweets.”

In the interview the police officer asked if he could tell her about the first time she touched him sexually.

He replied: “She put her hands down my trousers and that was it.”

The officer asked: “Inside or outside your underwear?”

The boy replied: “Inside.”

The officer asked: “What do you call the bit that she touched?”

He spelled out: “D***.”

The officer said: “How did you feel about her hand being down your trousers?”

The boy replied: “I didn’t like it, I pushed her hand out.”

Towards the end of the interview the officer asked the boy: “Did the age group bother Debbie?”

He said: “No.”

She asked him: “What plans did you have for the future?”

The boy said: “Stay together and go away somewhere.”

The officer asked: “Whose idea was that?”

He replied: “Debbie’s.”

The officer said: “What are your feelings towards Debbie?”

He said: “I don’t know.”

Prosecutor Andrew Vout, when he opened the trial earlier in the week, told the jury how the offences allegedly took place during 2017 when both the defendant and the boy were living in Derby.

He said Yates befriended him and within a short space of time began grooming him.

Mr Vout said: “We says she groomed him and had sexual contact with him.

“She says there was no sexual contact at all.

“She’s lying.”

He said teachers at the boy’s Derby school became concerned he was missing lessons and that the boy would begin going missing on numerous occasions.

Mr Vout said the police became involved in September 2017 and Yates was issued with a notice to “stay away” from the boy.

He said on December 7, 2017, Yates met the victim near to his school and one of the teachers went outside and found the defendant lying down in bushes with a figure lying next to her with its hood up.

Mr Vout said: “She rearranged her clothing and came out of the bushes and then a smaller figure came out and that was (the victim).

“She was arrested for child abduction and shortly after this moved out of the area.”

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Mr Vout said the defendant, now of Swadlincote Road, Woodville, was questioned about the accusations.

In her interviews she denied anything sexual had ever happened between them.

The boy’s second police interview was also played to the jury.

In it the same officer asked him: “How do you feel about what happened to you?”

He replied: “Disgraceful.”

The officer asked: “Debbie was disgraceful or you were?”

He said: “Me, because I believed everything she told me.”

The trial continues.

Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News