A female teacher who sent a string of dirty text messages to a 16-year-old pupil begging to tie him up during a six-week affair was spared jail today.
Roseanna Langley, 24, claimed the affair with the student was over despite being spotted with him just two days ago.
Exeter Crown Court heard how she bombarded the 16-year-old with hundreds of texts and naked photos during the six-week affair and even tattooed his name on her body, a court heard.
The explicit images and messages included ‘baby please let me tie you up tomorrow it’s so sexy’ and ‘babe I love planning our future together’.
They exchanged 1,500 texts – including assurances from Langley that she ‘didn’t care if she got sacked so long as they could be together’.
Pupils at the school discovered the relationship after the science teacher hosted a cozy film night with the boy and others at her home.
They said the teacher and 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had kissed and cuddled while they watched films before the pair retired to her bedroom.
Langley seduced the teenager and whisked him away for a romantic weekend break before pretending she was pregnant to blackmail him into carrying on their relationship.
The pair were caught on CCTV during the break to London, evidence which was used against Langley.
She had previously admitted two offences of sexual activity with a male aged 13 to 17 while in a position of trust.
Langley made her guilty plea last month but is still in contact with her victim – and two days ago she was arrested again after they were spotted in a car together.
But police said it was not technically a breach of her bail conditions because he is no longer a pupil at the school in Exeter and she has been sacked.
Despite still seeing him she was jailed for eight months, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 180 hours work at Exeter Crown Court.
‘You abandoned all self-discipline and judgement. You have destroyed your ambition. You will never teach children again.
‘You lied to him, pretending to be pregnant by him. That was manipulative emotional blackmail which would be difficult for anyone to cope with – let alone a 16-year-old.
‘These charges reflect a six week sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy who is a pupil at the school where you were employed as a teacher.
‘You were drawn to this boy in the emotional aftermath of your fiance ending his relationship with you but that does not excuse your conduct in any way.
Langley was jailed for eight months, suspended for two years, at Exeter Crown Court (pictured) after admitting two offences of sexual activity with a male aged 13 to 17 while in a position of trust
‘Your actions were selfish and motivated by a need to boost your own damaged self-esteem by encouraging him to have a sexual interest in you.
‘You groomed him and when his interest in you faltered you sent him text messages and explicit photographs to rekindle his sexual interest.
‘You lied to him and intimated you were pregnant with his child and had miscarried. That was manipulative emotional blackmail intended to put pressure on him.
‘In my judgment it shows you were reckless not only with your own career and your liberty but careless for this boy’s well being. You were selfishly exploiting him.’
The court heard she abused her position of trust to spark a sexual relationship with the boy between January and March.
‘I am told you had wanted to be a teacher since you were a child. You have destroyed that. You will never teach children again’
– Recorder Paul Dunkels, QC
They embarked on the affair shortly after her engagement to another man had broken up and she was on the rebound.
Langley struck up a friendship with the boy – who was 15 when they met – before the relationship turned physical.
The court heard Langley, of Exeter, Devon, further manipulated the boy by telling him she was pregnant then claiming she’d had a miscarriage.
They also discussed getting married, buying a dog and having children together, prosecutors said.
Police were called when school colleagues became suspicious – but the pupil told officers the suggestion of an affair was a ‘ridiculous idea’.
Officers searched Langley’s house where they found photos of them, as well as numerous receipts from a romantic weekend break in London.
The images sent to his phone included a woman involved in a sex act and there were a total of 1,500 messages which have been printed off on 125 pages.
Despite Langley claiming the affair was over she had been arrested with him in her car for an alleged breach of bail two days ago, the court heard.
Kelly Scrivener, defending, said Langley, had genuine remorse over the affair and that the teenager was already sexually experienced by the time he met her.
She has been sacked after admitting having sex with the student who was never in the classes which she taught.
The sentence means Langley will have to sign on the sex offenders’ register for ten years and will be barred from working with children and young people indefinitely.
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