Kerri Turner, 24, of Barker Road in Chertsey (pictured) appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Thursday, 19 December to face trial for a charge of attempting to take a child without lawful authority but changed her plea to guilty on the day.
The incident took place at around 3.45pm on Wednesday, 4 September outside St Anne’s Primary School when Turner attempted to persuade a child to leave with her.
Turner did not make physical contact with the boy but claimed to be a relative in an effort to convince staff to let her leave with the child.
Staff and carers at the school were immediately suspicious of Turner’s claims and alerted Surrey Police officers who arrested her a short time later.
Turner was charged the following day and initially appeared at South East Surrey Magistrates Court (Redhill) on Friday, 6 September.
Detective Constable Sheena Service, who led the investigation, said: “I welcome the lengthy sentence for Turner which sends out a clear message that anyone who attempts to prey on young people across the county will face strong and decisive action.
“This was a deeply concerning incident which was obviously very frightening for the young victim but fortunately the alertness of school staff and carers and the swift and effective response of officers in the area allowed us to quickly arrest Turner and ensure that the boy was unharmed.
“Turner is a dangerous and unpredictable individual and I’m pleased that she will now face a spell behind bars where she can no longer pose a threat to the Surrey public.
“I would like to stress that this was an isolated incident which had no connection to other similar reports in the area at the time and we will continue to relentlessly pursue those who threaten the safety of members of the public.”
Following the incident neighbourhood team officers and detectives from Staines CID worked closely with staff and parents at St Anne’s Primary School to keep them updated and officers carried out additional high visibility patrols in the area to reassure Chertsey residents.
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