Teaching Assistant Escapes Jail For Sending Naked Photos Of Herself To Pupil

14/08/2014 16:57 | Updated 20 May 2015

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A teaching assistant has escaped jail after sending naked photos of herself to a 14-year-old pupil.

Mum-of-two Shelley Trinder, 30, sent hundreds of sexually explicit messages to the boy at a school where she worked in Telford, Shropshire.

She also sent him a series of naked photos - including an image of herself using a sex toy.

At Shrewsbury Crown Court, she admitted one charge of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity but was spared jail after a judge handed her a 20-month sentence, suspended for two years.

The court heard that Trinder began sending Facebook messages to children at the school in 2011, before singling out the teenage boy.

She then gave the pupil her Blackberry pin number and sent him a topless photo of herself - with only her arms covering her breasts.

She later messaged the boy a nude image of the lower half of her body, before sending him a photo of herself using a sex toy.

Trinder also sent the student sexual texts every day - saying she was 'horny' and describing what sexual acts she wanted to do to him, the court heard.

Sentencing Trinder, Judge Robin Onions said: "The school appears to have acted completely properly and warned her and she just ignored the warnings.

"He was a remarkably vulnerable pupil and she was clearly sexually attracted to him.

"In many ways this is a classic grooming case, but they did meet and didn't have sexual contact.

"If there had been any contact, she would have gone into custody and it would have been measured in years.

"This young lady is remarkably immature and totally unsuited to a career in teaching. If she does anything like this again it will be prison."

Trinder has been banned from working with children for life and placed under a sexual offences prevention order for seven years.

She has also been given a two-year supervision order with 10-year notification requirements and a three-month curfew.


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