THE mum of a teenage boy groomed and seduced by a 29-year-old woman discovered her son was meeting his abuser after combing his tablet for clues when he disappeared.

The boy, 13, met Charlene Cole on Facebook. His mum discovered in her search of his computer he referred to Cole as “my beautiful wifey".

Cole, who said her victim was “the love of [her] life”, abducted and had sex with the boy during a camping trip to Hengistbury Head on August 20.

She has now been jailed after admitting sexual activity with a child under the age of 16, being an adult meeting a child after grooming and detaining a child unlawfully.

Stuart Ellacott, prosecuting the case at Bournemouth Crown Court yesterday, said the boy - who was already the victim of sexual abuse - told his mother he would be going for a walk on the Saturday afternoon but failed to return home.

In the early hours of the following morning, she called police and began to look through his computer devices.

There, she discovered the contact between her son and Cole, as well of images of him in “compromising positions”. She also found a number for the defendant, which she called.

Cole answered the call and said the boy was safe and well, but refused to say where he was. In the hours after the call ended, the defendant had sex with the boy. Both had drunk cans of Stella bought by Cole.

On August 21, the boy called his mum and Cole was arrested on a train at Basingstoke railway station.

Mr Ellacott said Cole’s friends had said her behaviour “amounted to grooming” in the weeks before the abduction.

“She stopped contact for a while, but it started again,” he said.

Robert Grey, mitigating, said Cole, of Allenby Road in Southall, Middlesex, has an emotionally unstable personality disorder. Her behaviour followed the “depressingly familiar pattern” of a child who has spent time in care, he said.

“It is plain from her [police] interview that when contact was first made, she thought he was 19,” Mr Grey said.

“She found out before the offences were committed he was 13.”

Cole made full admissions to police in interview. Marks on her neck were love bites, it was heard.

Judge Philip Wassall said Cole’s grooming of the boy was “intensive and successful”.

The offences were aggravated by the defendant’s phone conversation with the boy’s mother, as well as the fact the two had full sex, he added.

Cole was sentenced to five years in prison. She will also be the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

Speaking after the sentence, Detective Constable Adam Taylor, of Dorset Police's Integrated Missing Persons and Child Sexual Exploitation Team (IMPACT), said: “[Cole] admitted to meeting with her young victim and engaging in sexual activity with him after she groomed him online.

“Dorset Police is committed to safeguarding children at risk of sexual exploitation. We are working closely with partner agencies to ensure the victim and his family continues to receive full support following the incident.

“We are determined to identify perpetrators of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and bring them to justice.

“If you have any concerns that a child may be a victim of CSE, please report it to the police. Visit for more information and the other support organisations who can help.”