An employee at a NSW school says that a weight-loss drug dramatically increased her sex drive, prompting her to spend more than a year grooming a 15-year-old boy for sex.
Jackie Mary Hays, 51, said she began taking the drug Duromine four months before enrolling the teenage student while working as a support staff member at Hunter Valley School, north of Sydney.
Hays, who pleaded guilty to preparing the boy for sexual activity between April 2015 and June 2016, said the weight-loss drug boosted his sex drive.
Jackie Mary Hays, 51, stated that she started taking the drug Duromine four months before targeting the teenage student
Hays pleaded guilty to preparing the boy for sexual activity between April 2015 and June 2016
Hays would make a request that suggested that the drug had caused mental health problems at the time of the offense.
Legal Aid's defense attorney, Gillian Jewison, told the Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday that Hays would submit a request suggesting the drug had caused her mental health problems at the time of the offense.
Prosecutor Stuart Ogilvy indicated that the request, which was filed on the day Hays was to be sentenced, would be opposed.
Judge Robert Stone, who spent Wednesday lunch break reading a psychological report submitted by the defense, noted that some of Hays' friends observed that she was off the planet "after taking the drug."
Mr. Stone pointed out that it was difficult to assess the seriousness of the offense since he did not know the content of the explicit text messages sent by Hays to the schoolboy.
When the matter was first reported to the police, the child's telephone no longer existed and the police could not retrieve the text messages.
Hays told the police that the boy was asking to have sex with her and she told him that it could be arranged
Mr. Ogilvy said that when Hays was interviewed by the detectives she described the text messages as "filth."
She told the police that the boy was asking to have sex with her and she told him it could be arranged.
"I said (to the child) clearly, absolutely, there's no problem," Hays told the police.
The teenager told the police that Hays wanted him to escape from his house one night, but he "dodged it quite well."
Mr. Ogilvy urged the magistrate to imprison Hays because he was 47 years old when he sent explicit text messages to the boy.
Hays was initially charged in mid-2017 with five crimes alleging she had been sending explicit text messages and phoning two students
The prosecutor said the community expected criminals to commit crimes of this nature to receive a significant penalty.
The magistrate noted that an important factor in the case against Hays, who faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, was the need to protect the community.
Hays was initially charged in mid-2017 with five crimes alleging she had been sending explicit text messages and calling two students, but four of them were removed after she agreed to plead guilty to the only act of grooming a child by activity. illegal sexual
The police installed Strikeforce Minnamorra before Hays's arrest after being alerted by the school about the grooming accusations.
The hearing resumes on Thursday.
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