Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Married RE teacher Madeleine Martin jailed after seducing schoolboy, 15, on Facebook

A married teacher who had sex with one of her 15-year-old pupils after seducing him on Facebook has been jailed.
Madeleine Martin, 39, had sex with the boy in the back of her car in a country park, at a shopping centre and inside the mother of two's family home during a brief relationship.
The religious education teacher also persuaded the pupil to have her name tattooed on his arm after they became involved when she was assigned to mentor him at an all-boys school.
She was jailed for 32 months and put on the Sex Offenders Register after admitting ten counts of sexual activity with a child under 16.

Manchester Crown Court heard how Martin fell for the boy after she was assigned to help him with his difficulties with school work last year.
She began giving him gifts, including a mobile phone, and contacting him on Facebook.
One of Martin's messages read: 'Sorry, I cannot add you [as a friend on the website] until you leave school.'
Martin also tried to get the boy into her form at the Manchester school and wrote 'Don't worry, I always got your back' after she lied on his behalf when he missed detention.
By January, they were sending each other up to ten messages a day and the following month their relationship became more intimate.
The court heard that on February 9 Martin drove the boy to a tattoo parlour where she persuaded and paid for him to have a heart, with the name 'Mad' inside it, put on his arm.
She then drove to a nearby retail park where they had sex in the car and Martin performed a sex act on the boy, before they were spotted and asked to leave by a security guard.
The next day, Martin drove to Daisy Nook Country Park near Oldham where she and the boy, whose mother was abroad at the time caring for her terminally ill father, again engaged in sexual activity.
Two days later they had sex again at the empty home of the boy's uncle.
Martin, from Knutsford in Cheshire, then changed her identity on Facebook to hide their growing relationship and invited the boy to her home where they again had sex while her two teenage daughters, aged 14 and 17, were out.
But after just nine days the pair decided to end their relationship. The boy confided in his brothers, who in turn told their mother and she called police.
Judge Jonathan Geake told Martin, who was having marital problems at the time of the affair and whose sister had been diagnosed with terminal cancer: 'Rather than mentor him in the proper way, you used him as an emotional support and comfort for yourself.
'You started to abuse the trust you were entrusted with. Eventually you lured him into intimacies which should never have happened. You are to blame, not him.
'Those of either sex in a position of trust must expect significant punishment when they abuse that trust - especially sexually.'
The victim's mother said her son had been taunted by other children and was no longer in full-time education.
Her 'once vivacious' child had become lethargic and had 'lost his sparkle', the 49-year-old businesswoman added.
Mark Fireman, defending, said Martin, who qualified as a teacher in 2005, had acted 'out of character because of personal difficulties'. He said: 'These events left her depressed and vulnerable to thoughts and actions which should never have taken place.
'She has lost just about everything - her good name and her promising career. She has brought shame upon herself and upon her family.
'She never intended to have a sexual relationship - it was something which grew over time.
'She accepts that it is all of her own doing and that she is to blame - not the boy. She bitterly, bitterly regrets what she has done.'

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