An Army wife who had sex with a 14-year-old boy she befriended while she was employed as a school bus monitor has had her two year suspended sentence replaced with an immediate term of three years imprisonment.
Caroline Salisbury, 28, groomed the soldier’s son and, despite warnings to stay away from the boy, had sex with him on four occasions over three weeks in 2013, said the Court Martial Appeal Court.
She told the infatuated teenager, who had just turned 14, not to tell anyone and, when the relationship came to light, claimed he had raped her and tried to delete messages they had exchanged by social media.
In February this year, Salisbury, from Suffolk, pleaded guilty to four charges of sexual activity with a child and was given a two year suspended sentence but - after complaints from the boy’s family and an MP - the sentence was referred by Attorney General Jeremy Wright as being unduly lenient.
In London today, Sir Brian Leveson, sitting with Mr Justice Kenneth Parker and Mr Justice Stewart, said that Salisbury, who had no previous convictions, was married to a serving soldier based in Germany but was estranged from him at the time.
He added: “In our judgment, the very least sentence which could be passed is one of three years imprisonment.”
Speaking after the hearing, Mr Wright said: “Caroline Salisbury, a 28-year-old woman, clearly took advantage of a teenager.
“I referred the case to the Court Martial Appeal Court as being unduly lenient because the original sentence failed to fully reflect the degree of planning and the serious breach of trust in these offences.
“The fact that Court Martial Appeal Court has imposed an immediate prison term on Caroline Salisbury sends out a strong message that teenagers have a right to be protected from sexual abuse.”
Salisbury has also been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.