Teacher who had sex with pupil and called herself 'a slut' cleared of all charges
A teacher accused of sending a pupil a card asking âwho else can I be a slut with?â after they had sex has been cleared of all charges.
Deborah Lowe, 54, wiped away tears as she was told she could leave the dock and was free to go by the judge, following a seven-day trial at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, today.This is how millennials could get a mortgage before they die
The jury, who were out for two hours and seven minutes deliberating, found Lowe not guilty of five counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust.
Lowe had admitted having sex with the teenager, after being âflatteredâ by the attention of the boy and was having a âmidli fe crisisâ when they began a relationship.Advertisement Advertisement
The divorcee said at the time she had become interested in meditation and yoga, visited Bali, sold her flat in suburban Cheshire and given up her job as head of pastoral care at a high school.
She later went travelling in India to âexplore her faithâ.
But she maintained the relationship with the boy, 35 years her junior, only became sexual after he had left school and he was aged 17.
The prosecution had alleged that sex began when the boy was 16 â" and although old enough to legally consent, Lowe broke the law by having sex with him when being a person in a position of trust â" his teacher.Home Office guide to deportation advised people: 'Try to be Jamaican'
Earlier, the court heard that in a jokey WhatsApp message to a friend Lowe told her she was not having sex with the boy and described herself as a âmotherâ figure.
But she added: âIf not in the too distant future he wants to discuss the merits of an older woman I will be there for himâ followed by emojis of a bottle of baby oil and a pair of handcuffs.
The teenager had told the jury after âflirtingâ at school they swapped phone numbers and first engaged in phone sex before sexual encounters in her home, car and caravan.Girl, 12, died from deodorant overdose after she inhaled an aerosol
A former air hostess who has worked in education for 14 years, Lowe told the jury sex first took place after he contacted her around December 2016 â" three months after he left school, and she took him to her flat in the Stockpor t area of Greater Manchester.
They kissed and had sex and later on also had sex at his home while his mother, who Lowe knew, was out of the house.
The relationship continued into 2017 with more secret liaisons in the caravan where she lived.
She sent him a card signing off with, âThe slutâ a name they used during, âroughâ sex sessions where he pulled her hair and she bit and scratched his back till it bled.Advertisement Advertisement
The boy told jurors it was âevery ladâs fantasyâ to have sex with a teacher but admitted later feeling âcreeped outâ because of the age gap.Three anti-Semitism billboards criticising Jeremy Corbyn driven past Labour HQ
Police were called in last summer after his mother found the card Lowe sent to him.
Lowe, who has a daughter, aged 28 and a son, 20, said later she felt, âmortified and embarrassedâ over her âfoolish infatuationâ and denied being âsexually obsessedâ with the youngster.
Neil Usher, defending Lowe, described the complainant as an âattention-seeking fantasistâ who had claimed sex began when he was aged 15 so he could sell his story to tabloid newspapers.
A single allegation of having sex with a child, when the complainant was aged 15, was withdrawn by the prosecution during the trial.
The judge instructed the jury to return a not guilty verdict on that charge, after the boy gave evidence which sugg ested he was 16, not 15, when he first had sexual contact with Ms Lowe.
The defendant, of Poynton, Cheshire, had denied five counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust said to have taken place between September 14 2015 and June 30 2016.Theresa May says sorry for letting down Windrush generation
Cleared, she left court and her solicitor read a statement on her behalf.
It said: âThe last nine months have been extremely difficult for me and my family.
âI would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their love and care.
âIâm grateful for the support from former colleagues, friends and past pupils who sent messages of support.
âAlthough incredibly stressful and upsetting at times Iâm extremely pleased I have had the opportun ity to clear my name and Iâm delighted the jury acquitted me of all counts.Advertisement
âIâm very grateful to my legal team, Jared McNally and Neil Usher, who from the start identified the flaws in the case against me and robustly challenged the prosecution case.
âI now wish to put this case behind me as best I can and spend some time with my family and friends.âAdvertisementSource: Google News