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Teacher jailed for lesbian affair with 15-year-old pupil

A PUBLIC school mistress, who was “pressured” into a lesbian affair by a 15-year-old pupil, wept yesterday as she was jailed for 15 months.

Music teacher Helen Goddard befriended the youngster as they met for coffee after lessons.

Their relationship eventually became sexual, adevelopment the youngster’s parents scathingly condemned as a “complete betrayal” of trust.

London’s Southwark Crown Court heard the five-month affair included an overnight stay at her home and a romantic weekend in Paris.

Their forbidden trysts remained a secret until the school, which cannot be named for legal reasons, received an anonymous tip-off about what was happening.

Care workers wereimmediately contacted and police alerted.

When officers raided the teacher’s housing estate maisonette in Thornham Street, Greenwich, south-east London, they arrested the 26-year-old and seized various sex toys including vibrators and “fluffy handcuffs”.

Goddard, a former child music prodigy, admitted six sample counts of sexual activity with the girlbetween February and July this year.

The disgraced teacher bowed her head and wiped tears from her eyes as Judge Anthony Pitts said: “This is a difficult case. The evidence showed you were having a full-on sexual relationship with the girl for many months.

“She has made it clear that the sexual contactbetween you was consensual and she says in her statement that in fact it was instigated by her.”

The judge said it was clear from the character references he had received that Goddard had been a “big hit” with her pupils.

Regina Naughton, prosecuting, said the affair came to light on July 7.

Once social services and the police had been informed, the girls’ parents were contacted.

The youngster lied to her parents to stay at the trumpet teacher’s home where they shared a bed and kissed. Further lies and more overnight stays followed as the relationship developed.

In June, having declared they “loved each other” the girl told her parents she was going to spend a weekend with a relative in France, the girl and her teacher caught a plane to Paris.


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