A 41-year-old teaching assistant admitted to kissing and flirting with a special needs pupil leaving him ‘feeling suicidal’.
Mother of two, Susan Ayres encouraged the teenager, who suffered from a tremor, to take his shirt off during a gym class and held his hand during a month-long relationship.
The court heard Ayres, of Swindon, began a relationship with the 17-year-old after a ‘breakdown in her marriage left her emotionally vulnerable,’ the Swindon Advertiser reports.
Ayres, who has since reunited with her husband, had worked at the Crowdys Hill School for special needs children for three years when the relationship started back in April.
The boy was taken for drives by Ayres and exchanged Facebook messages and texts, including one in which Ayres told the teenager: ‘You’re sexy, you taste delicious.’
The boy, who has a tremor, told police that he had to pause his PlayStation because she would text him a lot.
Prosecutor Pauline Lambert said:
He said after an incident with his dad, he’d gone for a drive with Ms Ayres.
When they went for drives, she said they had to be careful because she didn’t want to get caught.
In a witness statement, the boy hinted how the discovery of the relationship had left him feeling suicidal, it read:
I walked into roads about five or six times. I had just had enough of it all.
The boy had been receiving counselling, the court heard.
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Cathy Thornton, defending, said that at the time of the relationship Ayres was at a low point in her personal and professional life.
Ms Thornton said:
I don’t think she was in the right frame of mind to assess things logically.
She said that the boy had begun leaving notes on Ayres’ class board at the start of the school year and had also given her a Haribo ring in a ‘mock proposal’.
According to the Swindon Advertiser, Ayres’ actions had made her ‘feel uncomfortable’ and she had mentioned it to another teacher.
However, Ms Thornton added:
She did carry on and, unfortunately, she did let this man into her heart and her head.
Ayres’ solicitor added: ‘She hates herself for what she has done to this young man.’
Ayres was handed a 12-week jail sentence suspended for 18 months and is made to sign the sex offender register for seven years.