Having baby with teen leads to jail

AMY MAAS
Last updated 14:30 11/12/2013

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A woman jailed after "depraved sexual abuse" which resulted in her having a baby to a 13-year-old didn't know who the child's father was until two months ago.

Cecelia Rona Hale, 32, was this afternoon sentenced to three years and nine months in jail by Judge Anna Johns at the Manukau District Court.

The boy's identity has been suppressed.

In July, Hale admitted two charges of sexual conduct with a young person under 16 years and one charge of supplying cannabis to a person under 18 during July 2012.

During her sentencing, the court heard Hale was "fried out of her brains" on methamphetamine, cannabis and alcohol when she slept with the boy. She had multiple sexual partners at the time.

"She has been sleeping with man after man after man and didn't know who the father was," said Johns.

"It was highly irresponsible and reckless."

A paternity test in September revealed the father of the baby was the victim.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, the boy, who is now 14, said he suffered from anger issues and struggled to grasp that he was a father.

"What will I say to the baby when it gets older? I didn't want any of this," he said through the statement.

When Fairfax Media interviewed the boy in September, he was awaiting the results of the paternity test.

"I was pretty shocked ... I had butterflies straight away," he said of when he learned of Hale's pregnancy.

His mother said that Hale has ruined her son's life and he would never be a normal teenager.

"I am angry and hurt. That's my son, that's my boy. She took his childhood away," the mother said.

"You know, a mother is there for nurturing a child, not to rape a child."

Hale, who has three other children and was nicknamed "Gurl", befriended the family after they moved to the neighbourhood early in 2012.

Hale knew the boy's age as he was friends with her own son.

During the school holidays on July 1, 2012, Hale offered the boy a place to stay overnight after hearing his mother's boyfriend would at his house.

She then gave the boy alcohol and asked him if he wanted to sleep with her - he said no and tried to leave.

However, Hale then undressed and told the boy to "jump on". The pair then had sex several times.

When Hale was initially interviewed by police, she denied she had slept with the boy.

Hale told police the boy had a crush on her and "had asked her for a kiss once and made reference to her breasts", according to court documents. 

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