Teacher jailed for sex with her pupil, 15
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”.