Teacher jailed for sex with her pupil, 15

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A London teacher who en­gaged in a “full­blown” sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with a teenager has been jailed af­ter a judge re­marked: “What 15-year-old school­boy would turn down such an at­trac­tive of­fer?”

Alice McBrearty, 23, blamed the af­fair on the stress of be­ing “thrown in at the deep end” by a fast-track scheme to at­tract bright grad­u­ates into the teach­ing pro­fes­sion.

The court heard that she booked a room at a ho­tel where she had sex with the pupil, af­ter be­friend­ing him on so­cial me­dia.

They kissed in the class­room, met up three times at her par­ents’ home for sex­ual en­coun­ters and kissed in the school class­room, the court heard.

As a birth­day treat she picked the boy up from his home and took him to a nearby garage to per­form oral sex on him.

Sev­eral mem­bers of staff raised con­cerns and she was re­peat­edly warned by other teach­ers, but the af­fair con­tin­ued.

The re­la­tion­ship un­rav­elled af­ter the boy’s fa­ther went to po­lice afraid that McBrearty was groom­ing his son. The boy was in­ter­viewed by po­lice with so­cial ser­vices, and he ad­mit­ted the af­fair.

Judge Shee­lagh Cana­van jailed McBrearty for 16 months.

“You en­gaged in a full-blown sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with a 15-year-old child,” Cana­van said.

“I ac­cept he was con­sent­ing — what 15-year-old school­boy would turn down such an at­trac­tive of­fer?

“I ac­cept you truly be­lieved this was a great ro­mance, you were in love with him and vice versa, and that age didn’t mat­ter. But it did.”

McBrearty, who lives at home with her par­ents, wept through­out the hear­ing.

Emma Shafton, de­fend­ing, said McBrearty “de­tested her job, and that is why, in­stead of so­cial­is­ing with her col­leagues, she so­cialised with students in the class­room”.

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