Inside Rebecca Joynes' fractured mindset' that saw her jailed for sexual abuse

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A teacher who engaged in sexual activities with two teenage schoolboys was said to have a "fractured" mindset by a TV psychologist.

Rebecca Joynes was convicted of six offences at Manchester Crown Court in May following a fortnight-long trial. Joynes, 30, from Pensby Road, Wirral, lured one boy with a shopping trip to the Trafford Centre before taking him back to her flat and having sex with him when he was 15.

While on bail for sexual activity with the first boy, referred to as Boy A, she began having sex with the second boy, Boy B, and subsequently became pregnant by him. The 30 year old denied four charges of sexual activity with a child and two charges of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust.

On Thursday, July 4, Joynes sobbed in the dock as she was sentenced to six-and-half-years in prison. She was issued a restraining order against the boys and required to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Emma Kenny, renowned for her role as the resident psychologist on This Morning, stated on her true crime podcast that Joynes had "abused her position of trust". Speaking to her Bang to Rights podcast listeners, she said: "The world has been watching this case," reports the Mirror.

"The world has been observing this very attractive, peaches and cream young woman, who has just given birth, and essentially doesn't resemble what we envision a predator to look like. Hearing how far removed her actions are from her appearance, it feels like such a mismatch.

"How can you look like this, seem all these things that in our mind and in society looks good, looks attractive and yet be the absolute dark side when it comes down to your nature?"

During Joynes' trial, the court heard how she took a 15-year-old-boy to the Trafford Centre and bought him a £345 Gucci belt from Selfridges. She then brought him back to her flat in Salford where they allegedly had sex.

She was later suspended from her job and was later found to have fallen pregnant with a second boy, whom she first met aged 15 when they allegedly kissed each other. Prosecutors said that the relationship later turned sexual.

She became pregnant and later went on to have his baby, despite Ms Joynes allegedly telling him it was 'almost impossible' for her to conceive due to a health issue. He learned she was pregnant 'to his great shock' after she gave him a baby grow, the court heard.

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The TV presenter said that Joynes' crimes pointed to her "fractured" mindset and criticised anyone blaming the victims, who cannot be identified. She said: "We have very stringent rules and regulations in the UK.

"The making and dissemination of child images of a sexual nature is illegal. She knows this because she has been trained in this and that again speaks to a mindset that is fractured because she should automatically recognise the severity and seriousness of what she's doing in that moment.

"It is perfectly alright for young people to have sexual feelings towards adults. It happens all the time. That is why 13-year-old girls have pictures of Justin Bieber on their wall. It's why young boys have pictures of Madonna on their wall."

"It's how young people develop their sexual interest, how they figure out what they like and dislike and it's how they safely navigate the world of sex. Because adults don't find them attractive when they're well adjusted and don't seek to harm them in a predatory way.

"But we draw the line and separate the reality of that compared to her as an adult teacher trained and being somebody who is meant to protect children, breaching those boundaries and allowing those young men, those boys to engage sexually with her when they were not in a position to consent.

"The fact that people are so comfortable attacking the victims as if they were asking for it, is an abandonment of our understanding of the safeguarding and the protective mechanisms that are required to look after the psychological, emotional, social wellbeing of children and of victims."

In court, Joynes had a pink baby's bonnet tucked into her trousers which was visible to jurors, a "naked attempt to garner sympathy", prosecutor Joe Allman said.

The woman refuted any claims of sexual activity with Boy A and contended that her involvement with Boy B only started after he had finished school and she had been dismissed, thus no offence was committed as she was no longer in a position of trust.

Joynes was found guilty on six counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child, which included two instances while she held a position of trust. The podcast presenter discussed how Joynes' "stereotypically attractiveness" might influence public perception differently than other offenders.

She remarked: "When somebody looks stereotypically attractive and yet acts so bleakly in their behaviour, we instead try to levy all these more attractive qualities to them. 'Oh she was just vulnerable, oh she was just struggling, oh she was just isolated, oh she was just confused, oh she just caved in to the victims' advances'.

"The minute we accept that kind of language and belief system we become predators too, we become abusers too, that's why it's so profoundly important we step back from accepting that language in our society and challenge those that peddle it.

"I hope she changes if that's possible and I hope more than anything that those boys heal because they absolutely deserve to. They are the victims, end of."