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51-year-old teacher faces 10 years for sexually grooming 15-year-old boy, blames diet pills

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51-year-old teacher faces 10 years for sexually grooming 15-year-old boy, blames diet pills

A 51-year-old teacher claims she sexually groomed a 15-year-old schoolboy after a weight-loss drug dramatically increased her sex drive.

Jackie Mary Hays from Australia was working as a support staff member at a school in Sydney when she targeted the young student.

51-year-old Hays says she began taking the weight-loss pill Duromine four months before she started grooming the boy.

Hays pleaded guilty to grooming the boy for sexual activity between April 2015 and June of 2016.

On Wednesday at a Newcastle Local Court, Hays’ Legal Aid defence lawyer Gillian Jewison asked for the case to be trialed with under the Mental Health Act claiming the drug may have altered her sex drive and affected her state of the mind.

Hays defense also claimed she suffers from a borderline personality disorder.

However, Magistrate Robert Stone said there was no medical link between the drug and Hays’ behavior.

The only so-called evidence was from a psychological report completed by her defence in which some of Hays’ friends “observed she was off the planet” after taking the drug.

Ms Jewison said Hays’ crime was at the lower end of the scale but Mr Ogilvy disagreed and said she tried to get the boy to sneak out at night.

Mr. Ogilvy urged the magistrate to jail Hays given she was 47 when she started sending explicit messages to the teen.

Mr. Stone gave numerous reasons why the case could not be dealt with under mental health provisions.

He said: “The issue is whether proceedings will produce a better outcome for the individual and the community.

 “I do not consider a dismissal is warranted because of the serious nature of offence.

“There is an issue of deterrence. In general terms, the community would expect better from people who work at school with children.”

Mr Stone also said he could not consider a non-custodial sentence.

“She knew it was inappropriate, she knew it was illegal to have sex with the boy,” he said.

“I think it breaches the threshold, and she is not eligible for an intensive corrections order.”

51-year-old Hays faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Hays was first charged back in 2017 with five offences alleging she had been sending explicit text messages and phoning two students.

But four of the charges were later dropped after Hays agreed to plead guilty to one count of grooming a child for unlawful sexual activity.19

Jackie Mary Hays is due in court on September 6.

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