‘Attractive’ careworker who romped with boy, 16, fails to get conviction quashed

An "attractive" careworker who romped with a 16-year-old boy she was supposed to be looking after has failed to get her conviction quashed.

Kayleigh Martin, 27, meet the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, at a centre that looks after and supports troubled teens and young adults.

The pair exchanged raunchy messages before romping at the Lanarkshire-based unit until the centre's bosses became aware of the sexual relationship in July 2018.

Martin denied the relationship, but she was convicted in April 2019 and placed her on the sex offenders' register for two years.

She was also banned from contacting the boy and ordered to perform 250 hours of unpaid work.

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The 27-year-old has since launched a bid to clear her name and have the conviction overturned at the Sheriff Appeal Court in Edinburgh.

But the appeal was thrown out before any full hearing could take place.

Martin, of Hamilton, has now appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court where she was granted a further nine months to complete her unpaid work by Sheriff Vincent Smith.

Ian Scott, defending, said: "Her appeal in this matter is at an end because it failed to make it through the sift stage.

"We are asking the court to grant her an extension to allow her to complete the court order she was given."

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Sentencing her, Sheriff Stewart blasted Martin's "appalling behaviour" adding: "This was a serious relationship regardless of what she thought it was.

"He is a young man who has an attractive, caring young woman who was giving him a highly unusual amount of attention and the warning bells should have been ringing much earlier.

"I don't think she is predatory but is someone who is naive and foolish.

"I have no doubt that this will have undoubted serious repercussions on his life and frankly this is a dreadful thing she has done.

"The benefit of her education has now been entirely wasted. I regard this appalling behaviour very seriously and can't say enough how worried I am about the repercussions of this on this young man's life."

The Sheriff Appeal Court confirmed Martin's case had been refused at the 'second sift stage' of the appeal process.

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