He’s jailed over 12-month af­fair with GCSE pupil

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By NEIL GOOD­WIN neil@sun­daysport.co.uk

A TEACHER who had sex with a teenage stu­dent in a class­room has been jailed for 16 months.

Mar­ried Mark West­cott, 48, be­gan the af­fair with the girl when she was just 16.

The De­sign and Tech­nol­ogy teacher had given her his mo­bile phone num­ber af­ter one of his classes, and their re­la­tion­ship soon de­vel­oped from flirty texts into kiss­ing and full con­sen­sual sex.

The af­fair be­gan when the girl was tak­ing her GCSES in Year 11 at a school in the Bath area, and con­tin­ued when she joined the Sixth Form.

She even babysat West­cott’s chil­dren and be­came a friend of his wife, Swin­don Crown Court heard.

They first kissed on a school ski trip ear­lier this year and their re­la­tion­ship soon turned phys­i­cal.

Pros­e­cu­tor Siob­han Lins­ley said: “The text mes­sages be­came less in­no­cent over time and by the sum­mer of this year, both of them ad­mit­ted at this time they were close and she per­formed oral sex on him.”

They first slept to­gether at a Trav­elodge ho­tel near Cirences­ter, Glos, in Au­gust and later also had sex in a room ad­ja­cent to the school sports hall.

Dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days, while West­cott was on hol­i­day with his fam­ily in France, the pair sent pho­tographs of each other naked, the court was told.

By the au­tumn the re­la­tion­ship be­gan to cool as the girl started see­ing some­one else.

“She had a boyfriend near her own age and that shocked the de­fen­dant,” Miss Lins­ley said, adding that they had been ar­gu­ing be­cause he “could not bear her be­ing with some­one else”.

West­cott, from North Wrax­all, Wilt­shire, had ad­mit­ted three charges of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a child while in a po­si­tion of trust.

Judge Dou­glas Field jailed him for 16 months and placed him on the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for 10 years.

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