Berkshire

School teaching assistant Emma Webb jailed for pupil sex offences

Emma Webb
Image caption On one occasion Webb performed a sex act on a boy in a room at the school

A school teaching assistant who had sex with teenage pupils after grooming them on Facebook and sending them indecent text messages has been jailed.

Emma Webb, 42, also performed sex acts on four boys, sometimes in a room at the Berkshire school where she worked.

She admitted 30 offences between 2009 to 2012 involving five boys who were aged between 15 and 17 at the time.

The married mother of two, from Kingfisher Drive, Woodley, was jailed for two years and eight months.

Reading Crown Court heard that Webb worked as a study supervisor at the school, which cannot be named for legal reasons.

On one occasion she performed a sex act on a boy in a room at the school, stopping only when the school bell sounded.

'Befriended victims'

She also invited one of the boys to her home to walk her dog but instead had sex with him on the stairs of her family home.

The court heard that Webb befriended her victims before sending them suggestive texts and indecent mobile phone photos of herself using sex toys.

She had been warned to stop contacting the boys via Facebook by a friend who discovered it but continued, the court was told.

Her conduct was also the subject of jokes by some of her victims to their friends with several of the boys knowing about each other's relationships with her.

Judge John Reddihough said she had risked leaving the boys with a "distorted attitude to females and sex".

"It is also likely to have had an adverse effect on them with feelings of guilt, shame and embarrassment on their part," he said.

He added: "You put your thrill-seeking before their interests."

Webb admitted 16 counts of sexual activity with a child whilst being in a position of trust, six counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity whilst being in a position of trust and four counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

She also pleaded guilty to three charges of causing a child to watch sexual activity whilst being in a position of trust and one count of sexual activity with a child.

She was banned for life from working with children and ordered to sign the sex offenders' register.

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