14/08/2014 16:56 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Teacher Found Half-Naked In Lay-By With Pupil Is Struck Off For Two Years


A teacher who escaped jail after she was found half-naked in a lay-by with one of her teenage pupils has been banned from the classroom for two years.

Eppie Sprung Dawson, 27, was found 'unfit to teach' by a disciplinary hearing in Edinburgh yesterday.

She wasn't present at the hearing, but in a statement read to the General Teaching Council for Scotland panel, she agreed to being struck off and admitted having sex with Matthew Robinson last December, when he was 17 years old.

She said: "On the 9th of February I was convicted at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

"I engaged in sexual intercourse with him; Contrary to Section 42 of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009.

"I was sentenced on 18 September 2013 and sentenced to a Community Payback Order and made subject to the sex offenders register.

"I readily and willingly consent to being removed and understand that I will be prohibited from teaching for a period of two years."

The panel chairman, John Kilpatrick, said: "The panel agrees that the registrant should be removed from the register in the light of her declarations."

The panel has referred Sprung Dawson – who taught English at St Joseph's College in Dumfries – to the Scottish Government to see if she should be put on a list excluding her from working with children or vulnerable adults.

Earlier this year, Sprung Dawson appeared in court and admitted that on December 21 last year, while she was in a position of trust and the teacher of the youth, she engaged in sexual activities with, or directed towards, a person under the age of 18 and that she had sexual intercourse with him.

The court heard that she had picked up the 17-year-old pupil in Dumfries and drove to a secluded lay-by.

Police noticed the car and, as they approached, they saw condensation on the windows. When they approached the parked car, they knocked on the car door and saw the accused and a male, both naked from the waist down, having sexual intercourse.

Sheriff George Jamieson told her: "You were there simply to teach but you have been called into temptation and you have committed adultery – your marriage is gone, and your career as a teacher is gone.

"What you have been charged with is breach of trust, and I cannot see that there is anything to be gained by a custodial sentence.

"Had it not been for the fact that you were this young man's teacher, there would have been no criminality."