- 11:05 ET, Mar 28 2022
- Updated: 11:08 ET, Mar 28 2022
A TEACHING assistant who told a schoolboy “age is just a number” and sleeping with her pupil twice has today been spared jail.
Rebecca Williams, 21, sent flirty messages to the teenager telling him “your fit” before taking him to her home in Gwynedd, Wales.
Mould Crown Court heard that Williams picked up the 15-year-old pupil in her car before the pair had sex at her home.
Williams then asked to meet up again, taking him upstairs for a second encounter, before she pressured the teenager for a more intense relationship.
But her victim blocked her on messaging apps after rumours started circulating amongst staff at the school.
Williams admitted two offences of sexual activity with a boy of 15 and abusing a position of trust.
Prosecutor Richard Edwards told the court: “They watched TV before the defendant took him to her bedroom. He described the first time as a little awkward.
“Rumours started circulating among staff that the defendant had slept with a pupil.
“The head of the school questioned the defendant directly about the information. The defendant denied anything untoward had gone on.”
Social services were alerted to the situation and informed police, who spoke to the teenager about the allegations.
He admitted that he had sex with Williams, and she was arrestsed by officers and confirmed what had happened.
The court heard that several of the messages must have been exchanged on school grounds.
Defending Williams, Jemma Gordon said that she had a new job in construction and had been getting help for her mental health
Miss Gordon added: ”She’s in a new relationship which has helped her.”
Williams was handed a twelve month suspended sentence, and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.
She must also pay £576 costs, must register as a sex offender for ten years, and has been banned from working with children.
Sentencing Williams, Judge Nicola Saffman told her that she had “groomed” her victim and that sending messages on school grounds was an aggravating feature.
Judge Saffman added: “You knew what you were doing. You were working up to engage in a sexual relationship with him.”