Penrith Woman Jailed For Child Sex Offences

A woman from Penrith has been jailed for two years and nine months for child sex offences.

Sophie Hindmarch, from Penrith was sentenced today, Friday April 9, at Carlisle Crown Court for nine counts of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a boy aged 13 to 15.

Sophie Hindmarch

The 27-year-old – who was said to be ‘aware of her wrongdoing’ – pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing on the March 8, 2021.

The offences relate to incidents that took place, in Penrith, in late 2019.

Hindmarch will be serve half her sentence and half released on license.

She was also given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Detective Constable Emma Armstrong said: “Hindmarch initially denied the offences in interview before pleading guilty at court. She was aware that what she was doing was wrong, telling the victim to delete messages between them.

“I would urge anyone who has been subject to offences of this nature to come forward, you will be believed and any report will be dealt with professionally and sensitively.”

If you wish to report a crime or speak to an officer about an incident, please contact Cumbria Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

If you have been affected by rape or sexual assault, contact The Bridgeway Sexual Assault Support Service’s 24/7 free helpline on 0808 118 6432.