Hereford & Worcester

Teacher jailed for under-age sex in Worcestershire

A teacher has been jailed for four years after being found guilty of having sex with a 15-year-old pupil.

David Robinson, 41, of Belmont Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, taught sex education and other subjects at a school in the county.

He denied six counts of sexual activity with a child. He was found guilty of five charges but cleared of the sixth, at an earlier hearing.

Robinson had said he did not have sex with the girl until her 16th birthday.

'Traumatic effect'

Hereford Crown Court had earlier been told that the charges related to events between November 2006 and May 2007.

West Mercia Police said it was pleased with the sentence.

It said it reflected Robinson's abuse of his position of trust as a teacher and the traumatic effect on the girl.

Robinson had admitted having a relationship with the teenager, who cannot be named, but told the court they "fell in love".

The girl had been in a "depressive" state and he thought he could help her, the court heard. He insisted the relationship had been platonic until she turned 16.

Robinson was suspended from his job in January 2007 when rumours began to circulate about the relationship and a police investigation was subsequently launched.

Robinson, who taught personal, social and health education, which included sex education, and science, was 38 at the time of the offences.

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