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A mum who ended up on trial after having sex with a 14-year-old boy has posted a furious rant blaming the teen and claiming he lied about his age.

Teah Vincent, 32, called the boy a “liar” and slammed “stupid” people who are judging her and spreading “c***” about her after she was found not guilty of knowingly having sex with an underage boy.

The mum-of-three, who wept uncontrollably when jurors cleared her, told the court she initiated sex with the boy at her home in Woolaston, Gloucestershire, but thought he was over 16.

The boy and a 14-year-old friend were playing football nearby when Ms Vincent, who is more than twice their age, saw them and invited them in for a soft drink on October 21, 2018, the jury was told.

She took one of the boys to her upstairs bedroom, took off her clothes and pulled him onto her bed, Gloucester Crown Court heard.

After a four-day trial, a jury of eight men and four women last Thursday found her not guilty of knowingly having sex with an underage boy.

It took them just one hour to reach the verdict.

Ms Vincent has since spoken to reporters about the incident and the trial, saying the last two years have been the “hardest years of her life”, she is not a bad mum and she has been unfairly targeted by online trolls.

In a post to her 17,000 Instagram followers, Ms Vincent wrote: “Are you people actually that sad. People getting paid to spread c*** about me and I’m so bored now of hearing it.

“If it was the other way around it would be different. I wasn’t the one lying for a bloody start.

“For one I’m not denying what I did was my best choice but if the guy didn’t lie to me I wouldn’t be in this situation with silly gullible people around the world having their two pence peace put in.” [sic]

She added: “I’m not guilty of what I’ve got accused of and I’m really tired and bored of you stupid people judging me on my life and actually trying to roll me about it.

“If only you knew the HALF of it about what happened that night and the information on the liar that accused me you wouldn’t be so judgemental.

“Would love to put a few points out there that would change alot of your thoughts but I’m gunna keep letting you sad, sad people keep making money out of story which isn’t even true and a story which half of it is bulls***.”

Ms Vincent also hit out at “silly” journalists and “dull” readers as she thanked her family and other supporters for sticking by her, and encouraged people to share her post.

After she was found not guilty, Ms Vincent posted a Facebook photo showing her celebrating outside court.

She wrote that it had been “the hardest two years of my life”.

Ms Vincent told the Sun previously that she feels “embarrassed” and she wants to move on with her life.

She said: “This has wrecked my life. It’s also wrecked any chance I would have had of a career.

“I’m too embarrassed now to do anything. I feel hot-headed and emotional.

“I just want to put all my energy now into my children and look after them.”

Ms Vincent was cleared after late evidence emerged in the trial about the boy giving a false date of birth on his Facebook profile.

The boy was recalled to the witness box, where he told the court he entered the wrong birth date, in the year 2000, after he was given a new phone a week before his 13th birthday.

He said he chose a false date of birth due to Facebook’s minimum age requirement of 13.

But he denied telling Ms Vincent that he was 16.

He told the court: “I definitely did not tell her I was 16 going on 17.”

Ms Vincent had told jurors: “I’m sure he told me he was 16 and I felt he looked much older.

“It didn’t occur to me that he might be underage

“He definitely didn’t tell me he was in Year 9, or that he was only 14, before we had sex.”

In her closing remarks, Catherine Flint, defending, asked the jury: “Can you be sure he told her she was 14 before they had sex or had he lied about his age?”

Before jurors retired to consider their verdict, Judge Ian Lawrie QC told them: “The issues in the case are straightforward. It comes down to the question of the boy’s age.

“The victim was a young virgin and she was a lot older than him, being more than twice his age. Ms Vincent took the lead sexually.

“Ms Vincent stated that the boy was flirting with her before he was taken upstairs to her bedroom. This might seem to be stretching credibility, as he was naive about sexual matters.

“Ms Vincent had never met the boy before, but had seen friends of his who were a lot older than him. She said she believed he was much older.”