Teacher Jailed Over Sexual Relationship With 15-Year-Old Pupil

A teacher has been jailed for four years for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old pupil at his school.

Richard Stevens had previously worked in IT before becoming a teacher in order to 'contribute to society' the BBC reports.

Bristol Crown Court heard that after the young girl 'flirted' with him at a north Somerset school, the 35-year-old began a relationship with her, having unprotected sex over five months at his home, on a camping trip and in a Cardiff hotel.

The relationship came to light after Stevens ended it, and the girl told her new boyfriend. They pair then spoke to the NSPCC and informed the police.

Stevens pleaded guilty to 11 charges of sexual activity with a child, one involving sexual touching and the remainder sexual intercourse.

Mark Hollier, representing the Crown Prosecution Service told the court that the girl had developed a 'crush' on Stevens and instead of reporting it, he had 'failed to exercise any restraint' and 'encouraged her infatuation', socialising with her outside of school and having 'deep and meaningful' talks at his home.

Stevens initially admitted to police they had been friends, but denied they'd had a relationship, before later returning to the police station and saying he wanted to 'admit all matters'.

Robert Duval, defending told the court that the relationship was 'entirely consensual'.

"There is no suggestion of coercion, persuasion or manipulation," he said. "It was the complainant who instigated contact. There was no targeting of an individual, or grooming. The complainant was on the contraceptive pill throughout."

Judge Martin Picton handed down a four-year jail term and banned Stevens from working with children. He also ordered him to register as a sex offender. He told him: "Your victim, for she was a victim, was vulnerable by reason of her age. She was vulnerable by reason of her position. She was entitled to be protected."

The court was also told that Stevens' current partner is due to give birth to their child next month.