TEACHER ‘TOOK TEEN GIRL’S VIRGINITY IN HER MUM’S BED’ ‘I wasn’t sexually active, he said he’d train me’ hearing told
A TEACHER has been struck off for seducing a 16-year-old girl pupil in a cave on a school trip before bedding her at her family home.
Outdoor pursuits leader Lee Lewis, 33, led the girl into the cave for a “passionate kiss” on the school day out on a rock climbing trip.
The father-of-two – who is also a British Army reservist – is then accused of taking the girl’s virginity in her mother’s bed at the start of a two year sexual relationship.
The girl, now aged 19, said: “I found his power attractive. I thought it was thrilling, meeting up with him. He told me he was in the army and was also a personal trainer.
“I wasn’t comfortable because I wasn’t sexually active before and I kept trying to avoid it. He told me he’d train me.”
Qualified medic and PT instructor Lewis started teaching the girl when she was just 14 at a comprehensive school in Barry, South Wales, where she spent one day a week at a college on “learning pathways” course where he taught public services.
She said he began to send “flirty” messages across WhatsApp and Facebook, telling her she was “special and amazing”.
The girl, named as Student A, said she eventually agreed and admitted that she was “flattered” by the attention of the teacher.
Lewis allegedly took the slim brunette for trips in his car, visits to McDonalds and invited her to adventure days out with the Cardiff and Vale College.
She said he kissed her on climbing expedition when Lewis led her into a cave.
Student A said: “When I went on the rock climbing trip we ended up kissing in a cave. It was passionate.”
She said two months later Lewis allegedly took the girls virginity in her mother’s bed, beginning a two-year sexual relationship.
The hearing in Cardiff was told he asked her to keep their relationship secret at first, saying he would lose his job. FLIRTY: Lewis sent girl
Student A said they would often spend the night at his house in Barry, before dropping her off at college the next day in his car.
But the girl said Lewis became “emotionally abusive” around February last year, threatening to expose the relationship to her mother after accusing her of not spending enough time with him.
Student A said Lewis began stalking her at both her home and her part-time job, and his behaviour became “controlling and manipulative.”
She said: “I didn’t want people to know, I had always been a good child. I didn’t want my family to know because I was ashamed at what I was doing.”
She eventually told Lewis it was over – but he began bombarding her with apologies and even threatened to kill himself if she left him. In June she finally plucked up the courage to tell staff about the relationship and Lewis was reported to officials.
She said: “I did not want to lie to protect him. I want to move on and to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
Her tutor, Joanna Hughes, told the hearing how the “bubbly and cheerful girl” became “fragile and vulnerable” during the course of the relationship and was regularly absent from college.
Lewis didn’t turn up at the hearing, where he was found guilty of seven counts of misconduct.
He was struck off the teaching register and told he cannot to reapply for five years.