Bristol Crown Court
Marie Friendship was sentenced to six months in prison at Bristol crown court (Wiki Commons)

A Bristol woman has been sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years, for having sex with a child.

Marie Friendship, 38, of Whitchurch, stood trial for her six-month relationship with a 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

She had faced eight charges at Bristol crown court but prosecutors accepted her guilty plea for one count of sexual activity with a child.

Friendship was also put on the sexual offenders' register. She was granted bail until sentencing on condition that she had no contact with the boy.

Recorder of Bristol, Judge Neil Ford QC, said: "The fact that you have been given bail is no ­indication of the sentence."

Prosecutor Richard Posner said the Crown would consider applying for a Sexual Offences Prevention Order to prevent her from contacting the 14-year-old in the future.

Defending, Robert Duval said: "This is a serious offence and I accept that is the case. This is a lady of previous good character."

Friendship was due to be sentenced in September but the judge adjourned the case so more information about her friendship with the boy could be determined.

According to, Friendship had previously told people she was in love with the child.