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JAILED: David Thomas ( had pro­tected sex with teen while his mar­riage broke up A SCHOOL gover­nor has been jailed af­ter ad­mit­ting hav­ing sex with a pupil who had a crush on him.

David Thomas Scott, who was also a stu­dent sup­port worker at the York sec­ondary school where he worked, started see­ing the girl when she was 15 and had sex with her when she turned 16.

Sen­tenc­ing Scott to 12 months in prison, Judge Rod­ney Jame­son QC said: “I am jail­ing you to in­di­cate the cru­cial im­por­tance for those in roles of re­spon­si­bil­ity in re­la­tion to young peo­ple to with­stand temp­ta­tion and not to of­fend in this way.

“The de­gree of trust re­posed in you was of a very high or­der.

“Pupils of any school re­quire pro­tec­tion from the crushes they may de­velop to­wards teach­ers at their school.”

Scott was 33 when he kissed and cud­dled the 15-year-old girl in his car and, im­me­di­ately af­ter she turned 16, had pro­tected sex with her at his home and at a Manch­ester ho­tel, said Abi­gail Lang­ford, pros­e­cut­ing at York Crown Court.

She had de­vel­oped a “crush” on him and for months he had ig­nored her at­tempts to en­gage in con­ver­sa­tion via so­cial media.

But even­tu­ally he met her away from the school and they started their sex­ual re­la­tion­ship. Nei­ther the girl, nor her mother, wanted him to be jailed, said Ms Lang­ford.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor ad­vo­cate Lee-Anne Robins-Hicks handed in dozens of tes­ti­mo­ni­als from for­mer pupils, their par­ents and other mem­bers of staff, in his sup­port.

Scott, from York, pleaded guilty to three charges of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a girl while in a po­si­tion of trust.

Mrs Robins-Hicks said he had re­signed from the school where he had worked for eight years and now worked in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent field.

In ad­di­tion to the jail sen­tence, Scott was for­bid­den to have any con­tact with the girl in­def­i­nitely un­der a sex­ual harm preven­tion or­der and put on the Sex Of­fend­ers’ Register for 10 years.

Ms Lang­ford said Scott started work at the school as a teach­ing as­sis­tant in 2006 and by 2012 had risen to the role of lead­ing stu­dent sup­port worker.

He had also been elected by fel­low staff mem­bers as a staff gover­nor and sat on a school de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee.

Mrs Robins-Hicks said Scott was re­morse­ful and re­gret­ted his ac­tions. He had been emo­tion­ally vul­ner­a­ble when he agreed to meet the girl be­cause his mar­riage was break­ing up at the time.

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