Teacher, 29, sobs as she is sentenced to prison for her relationship with a 16-year-old girl.
Erin Hebblewhite, a former teacher of the year finalist, was sentenced to prison after admitting to having an illicit relationship with a female student.
After admitting to having a relationship with a female student, a female teacher who was nominated for London’s Sports Teacher of the Year in 2018 was sentenced to two years in prison.
Erin Hebblewhite, a disgraced sports tutor, has admitted to seven charges, including abusing her position at Connaught School for Girls in London to groom and sexually abuse a 16-year-old.
For legal reasons, the teen said Hebblewhite was the first person she ever kissed and that she lost her virginity to the teacher in a restaurant bathroom by “digital penetration” around Valentine’s Day.
All of the allegations of sexual activity with the girl, including kissing on the school grounds in east London, occurred in the same year that Hebblewhite, from Brighton, was nominated for the award.
During the relationship, rumors were reportedly spread, but the school believed the rumors to be false at the time.
The school even warned Hebblewhite to be “careful” or she might “get in trouble,” according to Snaresbrook Crown Court.
Prosecutor Fiona Bryan told the court that the girl had reluctantly participated in the taking of indecent photographs after being pressured by Hebblewhite.
When Hebblewhite’s relationship with her partner ended, she invited the teenager over on a regular basis to engage in “digital penetration and oral sex,” according to Ms Bryan.
Hebblewhite allegedly tried to persuade the girl to have sex in the Primark toilets on one occasion, according to the court.
When the teen’s phone was seized by her mother, a family member discovered explicit messages despite Hebblewhite’s pleas for the girl to delete them.
“She was arrested on October 28, her home was searched, and a USB stick containing 400 relevant images, including both the defendant and [the complainant]naked and in bed together, as well as images of them kissing as a couple, was discovered,” Ms Bryan continued.
Hebblewhite pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 17 and abusing her position of trust, as well as a fifth count of sexual activity in the presence of a teenager.
She also admitted to two counts of taking and possessing indecent photographs of a girl under the age of 18.
The news is summarized on Brinkwire.