Thursday 27 October 2016

Lauren Cox: Teacher pleads guilty to having sex with pupil (16)

Margaret Davis

Published 20/04/2016 | 19:36

Lauren Cox (Photo: Met Police)
Lauren Cox (Photo: Met Police)

A teacher could face jail after she admitted having sex with a 16-year-old pupil.

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Lauren Cox, 27, pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual activity with a child under 18 at Croydon Crown Court on Wednesday, Scotland Yard said.

While teaching at a school in Bromley, south-east London, in January 2015, she began having sexual contact with the boy and sent him explicit pictures and videos of herself.

Eight months later, his parents began to suspect something was going on and the boy told them what had happened.

Cox, from Oxted in Surrey, continued to message the pupil and his parents contacted the head teacher of the school, who alerted social services.

Pc Laura Davies said: "Cox abused her position of trust as a teacher and groomed the boy which went on to sexual abuse. The abuse has had an extremely adverse effect on the boy, with his studies suffering as a result.

"Cox never once admitted the offences during police interview. She has now admitted the offences today but only because of the wealth of evidence against her.

"Cox displayed dismissive arrogance to the seriousness of the allegations against her. It's most concerning that she showed no remorse - as professionals, teachers have a specific duty of care to young people and this was abused."

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