Teacher Accused Of Having Sex With Pupil Admits Why She Signed Card ‘The Slut’

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A British teacher accused of sleeping with a pupil has been cleared of underage sexual activity.

Deborah Lowe, a 53-year-old teacher in charge of pastoral care, was accused of having sex with a boy, which prosecutors alleged started when he was 15 years old.

In a dramatic development at Minshull Street Crown Court, a jury was ordered to give a not guilty verdict in one of the six charges she faces.

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The judge ordered the not guilty verdict be returned on the charge of sexual activity with a child, however Ms Lowe remains accused of five offences of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust.

The prosecution allege the remaining charges relate to a period when the boy had turned 16, so he was legally consenting, but she had still broken the law as her role as a teacher because she was in a position of trust.

Ms Lowe, of Elms Bed Caravan Park in Cheshire, denies all the charges and says they did have a sexual relationship, but it began when he was 17 and had left the school.

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Earlier in the day, jurors heard from one of the boy’s childhood friend who went to a different school, but said the boy had mentioned Ms Lowe whilst they were both still at school.

He said that on several occasions she would give them both lifts, including a time she dropped them off after playing football.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the young boy said:

She touched his leg, kind of flirting with him in the car.

It was his thigh, his right thigh.

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Lowe told the court:

I was flattered that he called me baby cakes. It was silly.

I was flattered by the attention and flirting that a middle-aged woman had been called baby cakes by a younger man.

We kissed and I am very embarrassed to say we ended up in bed together, which I regret.

I am mortified. I am embarrassed. I think I was having some sort of mid-life crisis. I have never done anything like this before.

I don’t know why I did it. I am so ashamed.

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When Judge Hayhoe asked Lowe why she had signed a card to the boy with ‘love you lots and lots, the slut’, she explained: ‘Because when we had sex it was passionate and a little rough and he called me his slut.’

Lowe initially denied that she had slept with the boy when the messages were sent back in October 2016, but admitted that they had sex two months later for the first time, when he had turned 17.

The court heard that Lowe had sex with the boy again in April 2017 and for a third time in June 2017.