Woman had sex with 15-year-old boy after jumping through his bedroom window

Jo Chamier was sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court on Friday to 12 months' home detention for having sexual connection with a young person.
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Jo Chamier was sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court on Friday to 12 months' home detention for having sexual connection with a young person.

Jo Chamier, 29, exchanged frequent messages with a 15-year-old boy after meeting him while playing an online game in March. 

The pair grew close and, on April 14, Chamier drove from her home in Ōtaki to meet the boy in New Plymouth. She jumped through his bedroom window and the pair had sex. She then climbed back through the same window and went home. 

In the Palmerston North District Court on Friday, Chamier was sentenced to 12 months' home detention for having sexual connection with a young person. 

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Defence lawyer Simon Hewson said the couple met on other occasions, but the relationship was emotional and not sexual. 

Chamier, a solo mother of two young children, was going through a turbulent stage in her marriage at the time of the incident and had little self-confidence, Hewson said.

A court report stated Chamier was "ignorant" and she didn't understand the effect of her offending or why the law prohibited children under 16 from having sex with adults. 

Judge Gerard Lynch said the law was there to protect children from themselves as they weren't experienced enough to make informed and safe decisions.  

Despite the boy being six weeks shy of his 16th birthday, the judge said Chamier's offending was premeditated.

"While the victim was a willing participant, the law is there for a reason. You really appear not to get that this is criminal offending." 

The victim's family chose not to comment, saying they "just want to put it behind" them.

Chamier has one previous conviction and the judge did not put her on the child sex offender's register. 

* An earlier version of this story said Chamier groomed the victim for sex. In fact, there was no grooming in this case. The error is regretted.

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