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Teacher jailed for having sex with 15-year-old pupil

Teacher jailed for having sex with 15-year-old pupil
Alice McBrearty has been jailed for 16 months (Picture: Police/PA Wire)

A teacher has been jailed for having a ‘full-blown sexual relationship’ with a 15-year-old schoolboy.

Alice McBrearty, 23, admitted having a four-month relationship with one of her pupils at an east London school.

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The court heard how she had taken him to an Ibis hotel so they could have sex, performed sex acts on him in a garage and kissed him in a classroom.

She also had sex with him in her parents’ house in Wanstead Park.

McBrearty, who in an earlier hearing pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual activity with a child while in a position of trust, put her head in her hands and sobbed in the dock as Judge Sheelagh Canavan sentenced her at Snaresbrook Crown Court today.

Jailing her for a total of 16 months, the judge described McBrearty as a ‘bright, intelligent and gifted young woman, who knew right from wrong,’ but said she had committed the ‘grossest breach of trust’.

‘You engaged in a full-blown sexual relationship with a 15-year-old child.

‘I accept he was consenting – what 15-year-old schoolboy would turn down such an attractive offer?” she said.

‘I accept you truly believed this was a great romance, you were in love with him and vice versa, and that age didn’t matter. But it did,” the judge continued.

‘You were supposed to keep him safe, to help him make the right decisions.

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‘Instead, you helped him make all the wrong ones.’

The court heard the relationship began when McBrearty sent the boy, who cannot be identified because he is a victim of a sexual offence, a friend request on social media.

Prosecutor Lisa Matthews said he ‘felt special’, adding: “She started to take him out to parks, including the Olympic Park, they went on strolls and out for meals.

‘He appeared to be besotted with her.’

The court heard the pair had seven sexual encounters, starting when McBrearty took the youngster to her home.

The relationship came to an end when the victim’s father contacted police.

Emma Sharron, defending, said: ‘This is a young lady who has had a spectacular fall from grace – university educated, comes from a respectable family – she has been utterly disgraced by this.’

She told the judge her client ‘is not sexually attracted to children’, but added: ‘She will of course be branded a paedophile for the rest of her life. She is a sex offender.’

The barrister added: ‘She has not been able to get a decent job that matches her qualifications. She has of course resigned from the teaching profession. She has been working on a zero-hours contract delivering parcels to Amazon.’

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