A married teacher has been jailed for eight months after she admitted sexually touching a teenage girl in the back of her car during a 15-month "affair".
Aimee Jones, 35, initially approached the victim at school and said she was "having feelings of attraction towards her", Teesside Crown Court heard.
The pair then began exchanging text messages described as not overtly sexual but "chatty, polite and pleasant" — however, the messages made it clear that Jones was interested in the victim.
The court heard months after the initial contact, the pair met at a park in Sedgefield and would hold hands.
Jon Harley, prosecuting, said: "The couple went on to walk in the more remote parts of the park or sit in the rear of Ms Jones car.
“They kissed, they embraced and on one occasion they both removed their upper clothing and were naked from the waist up."
"This was always accompanied by, what is described as, intense pre and post texting with Ms Jones acknowledging that what she was doing was wrong and taking risks.
"The pattern continued... and during this time Ms Jones continued to teach her victim and the abuse — the affair as it were — came to light when Ms Jones's husband began to suspect his wife was having an extramarital affair."
The court heard at first Jones, who has a young son, admitted having an affair but claimed it was with a female teaching assistant.
She then attempted to persuade the school to pretend there was a fictitious teaching assistant to deter her husband, although it was accepted this was not to hinder the police investigation.
Teesside Crown Court heard Jones and her husband initially stayed together, but when the full extent of the affair came to light, he reported it.
Jones also contacted her victim and told her she must tell the police everything before being met by officers and arrested on arriving at school.
A victim impact statement from the schoolgirl's family, which was written earlier this year, said: "I only care for [the victim] mainly for the heartbreak she is suffering - I've likened the revelation of this relationship and it's abrupt end to a bereavement.
"She is in no doubt in her mind that they were in love and would have preferred it to have continued. However after numerous discussions she is aware it is something that should not have happened in the first place."
It added: "I have come to worry that in the future she will come to realise her relationship with Ms Jones was a betrayal of trust rather than the loving, supporting relationship that she perceives it to be and when the enormity of the abuse becomes apparent to her I'm sure she will not only need our support again but also professional help in the form of counselling."
At Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court last month, Jones admitted four counts of abusing a position of trust by engaging in sexual activity with a girl aged between 13 and 17 being cared for in school premises, which related to at least eight occasions.
Sentencing Jones, of Richmond, North Yorkshire, to eight months in prison for the four charges, Judge Smith said: "Every parent who sends their child to school expects them to be kept safe by those in to whose care they entrust their child."
The court heard that the mother-of-one would never teach again but a sexual harm prevention order would not be made.
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