Female teacher had sex with teen student after seducing him with Call of Duty
A female teacher who had sex with a teen student after seducing him with Call of Duty sessions has been jailed.
The 25-year-old appeared in court on Tuesday via videolink after pleading guilty to grooming a child under 16 for sexual conduct, sexual penetration of a child and possessing child abuse material.
She was seen squeezing a red stress ball as details of her offending were read out at County Court of Victoria in Melbourne, the Mail reports.
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The court heard she was in her second year of teaching at a school in the city when she told the young boy that she "wanted to become friends outside of school".
The relationship intensified as they traded messages on social media and played games together, like Call of Duty.
The court heard that on one occasion she collected the boy from his parents' house and told him she was "willing to risk it if he was".
"If we get caught I'm going to jail, I'm going to lose my job," she reportedly said.
She told him she loved him in July 2021, and it wasn't until November that she was rumbled by his parents when they found explicit messages on his phone.
At this point, the pair had begun a sexual relationship.
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The parents said in a victim impact statement that the former teacher's actions "tarnished" their relationship with their son.
They added her crimes had a "devastating toll" on the family and "deprived" their son of a normal childhood.
Judge Trevor Wraight found the teacher's conduct was motivated by "sexual desire" and added that she had taken advantage of her "trusted" position.
"You were in a position of trust and you groomed the victim in order to engage in sexual conduct," he said.
She has since been diagnosed with major depressive disorder.
The 25-year-old was jailed for three years and nine months, with a minimum non-parole period of two years. Upon release, she will have to comply with sex offender reporting obligations for life.
As she was sent down supporters shouted: "I love you, you'll be OK".
If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.
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