Once again, if this were a man having sex with a 14 year old female, the sentence would be a lot harsher. Another judge allowing the double standard to continue.
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A 22-year-old Marysville woman convicted in April of having sex with a 14-year-old Redding boy was sentenced Friday to 180 days in jail and must register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.
Jacquelynn Faye Fielding must report by Monday to sheriff's officials to determine where and how she will be serving her jail sentence.
She is "truly remorseful" for her actions and has been thoroughly humiliated, Fielding told Superior Court Judge Bradley Boeckman.
But she stopped short of admitting that she had sex with the boy, who is now 15.
"I have truly learned my lesson and I am sorry," she said, wiping tears from her eyes with a tissue.
The young boy's father also choked back tears as he read a statement in court.
He said he wasn't buying any of it, calling Fielding a pedophile who has "robbed" his son of his childhood and who has harmed the boy's relationship with his family.
"It's pretty clear that something's wrong with her and (she) needs help," he said.
Boeckman, stressing that Fielding must be treated the same as a man convicted of the same offenses, noted that Fielding has a solid "support base" of family and friends and no prior criminal history in weighing her sentence and the nature and circumstances of the crimes.
And, he said, he was troubled by her apparent lack of remorse and unwillingness to accept responsibility for her conduct.
He also said that had the boy been only a few months younger when the crimes occurred, Fielding would be looking at substantial prison time for felony child molestation.
"We would have an entirely different situation here," he said.
A jury convicted Fielding of unlawful sex with a minor under the age of 16, a felony, as well as annoying a child and furnishing alcohol to a minor, both misdemeanors.
Deputy District Attorney Michael Hemker, who prosecuted Fielding, has said that the crimes occurred in 2007, when Fielding was 21 and the boy was a 14-year-old eighth-grade student.
Fielding met the boy at go-kart racing events in Red Bluff and Chico, he said, and they developed a friendship on MySpace. Hemker said that many of their Internet communications revolved around sex.
After months of communicating on MySpace, they came up with a plan to meet at a home that belonged to the family of one of the boy's friends, he said.
While the family was away for Christmas, Fielding and the boy met there and Fielding gave him alcohol.
They had sex twice there and had also previously had sex at one of the go-kart race tracks in Red Bluff, Hemker said.
The prosecutor said that copies of the sexual communications from MySpace helped secure the convictions.
Fielding was ordered to be on three years' felony probation and faces up to four years in prison should she violate its terms, Hemker said. As a condition of her probation, Fielding is prohibited from having private Internet accounts, such as Facebook, and her probation officer must have access to any of her public Internet accounts.
Shasta County Deputy Public Defender Michael Horan, who defended Fielding and lost a bid to have her felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor, said he remains convinced that she's innocent and the case will be appealed.
"I feel bad about this one," he said as he left the courthouse.
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Location: Marysville, California, United States (load item map)
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