Michael Pooley jailed for affair with 15-year-old pupil
- 6 March 2013
- From the section Leeds & West Yorkshire
A teacher who had an affair with a 15-year-old pupil has been jailed.
Michael Pooley, 35, was sent to prison for 18 months by Judge Alan Goldsack QC, who said parents expected teachers to protect children not abuse them.
Pooley, of Miles Hill Terrace, Potternewton, Leeds, admitted seven counts of sexual activity with a child and two counts of child abduction at a previous hearing.
The relationship developed at a West Yorkshire secondary school.
The court heard how a mutual relationship developed between Pooley and a girl, who is now 17-years-old and cannot be named.
The girl had a crush on the teacher and they began to see each other out of school, eventually going on trips together and staying in a hotel.
Sheffield Crown Court heard how the pair communicated using Facebook and Pooley even set up two fake accounts on the social media site so the girl's parents would not spot he was talking to their daughter.
Judge Goldsack told Pooley: "You had regular contact by Facebook - a social media which certainly those that sit in court regard as more harmful than helpful."
The court heard that despite the defendant admitting touching the girl sexually, there was no penetrative sex between them.
He told the girl he wanted to wait until she was 16-years-old.