A 53-year-old female teacher, Deborah Lowe, has been accused of having sex with one of her students, who is 15 years old.
According to Metro UK, Lowe sent him a card asking “who else can I be a slut with?”, a court has heard. Lowe sent the card to the teenager when he blocked her on social media after she had sex with him at her house.
The incriminating card was found by the boy’s mother and police were called, the jury heard at the start of Lowe’s trial for sexual offences.
The card depicted a woman face down in grass with a short skirt on and revealing her underwear, and Lowe wrote alongside: ‘This is me after I found out you blocked me!’
“I’m a mess. You blocked me and I don’t know what I have done. Who else can I be a slut with? ‘I would never, ever upset, hurt, harm or make you unhappy. So please tell me what I have done. Is it my fat old arse? It’s my birthday and I’m so sad.”
Lowe, who was responsible for pastoral care at the boy’s school, sent the card to him on her own birthday, the court heard. She signed off the card with, “I bloody miss you, love the slut.”
The defendant’s lawyer denied the one count of sexual activity with a child and five counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in position of trust.
Upon her arrest, Lowe gave a ‘no comment’ interview to police but did give a prepared statement.
In it, she accepted she had been involved in a sexual relationship with the boy, but said it started when he was 17, so she was no longer in a position of trust as he had left school.
The prosecuting lawyer, Mr Justin Hayhoe added: “The issues really are at what point did this relationship commence? At 15, as the boy would say, or 17, as the defendant would say.”
Lowe is also alleged to have had ‘telephone sex’ with the boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons. She went on to fondle and had sex with him on a second occasion at her home.
She paid for a tattoo for the youngster – while pretending to be his aunt, the jury heard.
The prosecutor told the jury of six men and six women that it was the Crown’s case that sex began when the boy was 15 and at school, and though he was not ‘forced or coerced’ he was too young to consent by law.
On other occasions, although the boy had turned 16 and could legally have sex, Lowe had broken the law because she was a teacher and in a position of trust.
The court heard the two first exchanged telephone numbers and had telephone sex before Lowe progressed things further.
The boy confided in friends what was going on and felt ’embarrassed’ before blocking her from contacting him on social media.