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Blackpool mother left 'soul destroyed' by sex allegations

A mother said she was "soul destroyed" when she was arrested and accused of having sex with underage boys.

Caroline Lea, from Blackpool, told Preston Crown Court she did not have a sexual affair with a 15-year-old boy or take part in a threesome with another teenager and his friend.

The 36-year-old also denied sexually touching a third boy of the same age.

The jury was told the alleged offences took place between December 2013 and March 2014.

The prosecution claimed Ms Lea allowed boys to smoke cannabis and drink alcohol at her Clifton Drive home.

'Unbelievable nightmares'

She told the court she had an alcohol problem after she lost her job at the Department For Work and Pensions (DWP) because of depression.

While male youths congregated at her house, she told the court she regularly asked them to leave.

Ms Lea said some of the youths gatecrashed a Bonfire Night party in 2013 which "absolutely catapulted into unbelievable nightmares from that day on".

"Things started getting rowdy, things started going missing, they were just being disrespectful really," she said.

Ms Lea insisted the two boys who claimed to have engaged in a threesome with her had never even been in her bedroom.

The defendant also told the jury she pulled herself away from the third youth when he drunkenly tried to kiss her.

Defence barrister Rosalind Emsley-Smith asked her: "Are you able to think of any reason why (the three complainants) would make the allegations they have made?"

Ms Lea replied: "I could stand and second guess but I have no idea."

Ms Emsley-Smith continued: "Is there any truth in the allegations they have made?"

"Absolutely none," she replied.

Ms Lea denies seven counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child and one count of allowing her home to be used for smoking cannabis.

She has been cleared of supplying amphetamines because of insufficient evidence.

The trial continues.

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