Friday 30 September 2016

Teacher jailed for having sex with a 16-year-old pupil

Jack Hardy

Published 19/05/2016 | 20:15

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

A teacher has been jailed for a year for having sex with a 16-year-old pupil she had groomed at school.

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Lauren Cox, 27, pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual activity with a child under 18 at Croydon Crown Court last month.

She had first met the boy at a school in Bromley, south east London in 2012, when he was aged just 13, before starting a sexual relationship with him in January 2015.

Cox also sent the boy explicit photos and videos during the course of their eight-month relationship and they would meet after school and during school holidays.

By September 2015 the student's parents had become suspicious and he told them what had taken place.

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

Pc Laura Davies of the Met Police 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 only admitted the offences subsequently 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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