TEACHER ‘TOOK TEEN GIRL’S VIR­GIN­ITY IN HER MUM’S BED’ ‘I wasn’t sex­u­ally ac­tive, he said he’d train me’ hear­ing told

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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

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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.

AC­CUSED: Soiu

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