14/08/2014 12:53 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Sports Teacher Jailed For 8 Years For Affair With 13-Year-Old Pupil

Sports teacher jailed for 8 years for affair with 14-year-old pupil

A school sports coach has been jailed for eight years after an 18-month affair with a teenage pupil.

Glyn Thompson, 32, had admitted nine charges relating to a girl aged between 13 and 15, from January 2012 to April 2013.

He had sex with the girl
on his desk at the school where he worked, in his car and at both her family home and the family home he shared with the mother of his young son.

The father of one from Burnley, Lancashire, taught at the town's Stoneyholme Community Primary School and met the girl through their shared love of cricket.

During the affair he bought a pregnancy test for the teenager to ensure she was not carrying his baby.

The scandal was exposed when the girl confessed to a friend in an internet chatroom and the friend sent an anonymous letter to the school. Thompson was later suspended and then sacked from his teaching job.

At Preston Crown Court Thompson, whose partner was also a teacher at the school, pleaded guilty to nine counts of sexual activity with a child.

The illicit relationship began after Thompson met the girl, who was then 13, through cricket and they began swapping 'flirty' emails.

This led to them exchanging naked photos of each of by text after which Thompson began pestering the girl for sex until they eventually had intercourse over his desk in a classroom, the court heard.

The girl said in her statement to police: "I kept refusing because I didn't want to but finally he got to me. I was scared. I didn't want to, I didn't know what it was going to be like."

Thompson had pleaded guilty to one count of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and eight counts count of sexual activity with a child at a hearing at Burnley Crown Court in July.

Passing sentence today, Judge Jonathan Gibson banned Thompson from working with children and ordered him to sign the Sex Offender Register for life.

He said: "It is clear to me she was young and naive and inexperienced when you began to groom her. This includes many emails and exchanging photographs.

"The effects of your offending will be with the complainant and her family for years to come."