A married woman who had sex with a 15-year-old schoolboy more than 20 years ago has been spared jail.
Ann Seymour, who at the time was a foster mother, began a relationship with the boy which continued until he was well into his 20s.
Lincoln Crown Court heard the illicit relationship was carried out behind the back of Seymour’s husband who suffered a breakdown when he found out.
Seymour (67), formerly of The Green, Thurlby, and now of Banks Close, Stamford, admitted two charges of indecently assaulting the boy during the second half of 1988.
She was given a two-year community rehabilitation order and put on the sex offenders’ register for five years.
Judge Michael Heath told her she had only been spared immediate jail because of the serious effect such a sentence would have on the health of her husband.
He said: “For the despicable thing that you did you deserve to go to prison and to prison for some time. To satisfy your own lust for his young body you engaged in that sexual act with him.”
Seymour initially claimed their sexual relationship only began after the boy’s 16th birthday but pleaded guilty on the day of the trial.
Robert Underwood, defending, said: “She is full of shame. They have moved away from what was their home. They now live in Stamford. The whole experience has caused her to feel regret and remorse.”