Scottish Daily Mail

Teaching assistant ‘groomed teen boys for sex’

- By Andy Dolan

A MARRIED teaching assistant appeared in court yesterday accused of performing a sex act on a teenage pupil during a school trip.

Jill Meldrum-Jones, 36, is said to have carried out a string of sex offences involving the boy during the trip and over a three-month period. She is also accused of sexually assaulting a second teenage boy from the same school.

Prosecutor John Cardiff told magistrate­s that Meldrum-Jones, who has children of her own, was accused of a ‘clear breach of trust’, adding that she was charged with ‘engaging in sexual activity with the young man on various occasions’.

Meldrum-Jones worked at the child’s secondary school in Warwickshi­re, which cannot be named for legal reasons, and lives with her family nearby.

During a ten-minute appearance at Warwickshi­re Justice Centre in Leamington Spa yesterday, Meldrum-Jones spoke only to confirm that she did not wish to

‘A clear breach of trust’

enter a plea. The teaching assistant, who is thought to have been suspended from work earlier this year, is accused of five counts of touching a teenage boy, two counts of causing or inciting the boy to engage in sexual activity, and grooming a boy under the age of 16 with the intention of meeting to engage in sexual activity.

Meldrum-Jones is also accused of sexually assaulting the second boy by touching him on a separate occasion.

Magistrate­s’ chairman Paul Tasker committed the case to trial at Warwick Crown Court, which will be heard next month.

n A MOTHER of two from Dalrymple, Ayrshire, has admitted to engaging in ‘sexual activity with a male child under 16’.

At Carlisle Crown Court last week, Angela Gatt, 37, pleaded guilty to the charge, which involved a 14-year-old boy and took place at a house in north Cumbria in June last year. She will reappear at the court on October 18 for sentencing.

 ??  ?? Bailed: Jill Meldrum-Jones at court yesterday
Bailed: Jill Meldrum-Jones at court yesterday

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