Darlington teacher jailed for ‘affair’ with girl behind man’s back

Dated: 16/11/2021 Teacher Aimee Jones arrives at Teesside Crown Court for sentencing after admitting to sexually assaulting a young girl at her school.  The 35-year-old pleaded guilty to 4 counts of abuse of a trust by engaging in sexual activity with a girl between the ages of 13 and 17, who was cared for on school premises and jailed for 8 months.  Image by Richard Rayner 07468427520

Aimee Jones, 35, covers her face as she arrives for sentencing at Teesside Crown Court (Photo: Richard Rayner)

A ‘gentle and gentle’ math teacher who sexually touched a schoolgirl in the back of her car has been jailed for eight months.

Aimee Jones, 35, walked behind the back of her social worker husband and approached the victim at school.

She told the teenager she was bisexual and had ‘feelings of attraction towards her’, a court heard.

They began exchanging ‘pleasant’ text messages and holding hands in remote parts of a park in Sedgefield, Durham County.

Prosecutor Jon Harley said: ‘They kissed, they hugged and on one occasion they both took off their outerwear and were naked from the waist up.’

The 15-month relationship came to light when Jones’ husband suspected she was having an extramarital affair.

Jones, who has a young son, admitted it at first, but claimed it was with a female teaching assistant at the school in Darlington.

They originally stayed together, but when the full extent of the relationship emerged, her husband reported it.

Jones, from Richmond, North Yorkshire, told her victim she had to tell police everything before she was arrested when she arrived at the school.

In a statement, the girl’s family said: ‘I just care [the victim] primarily because of the heartache she suffers – I have compared the revelation of this relationship and it is an abrupt end to a grief.

‘She has no doubt they were in love and would have preferred it to have continued. But after several discussions, she is aware that this is something that should not have happened in the first place. ‘

Judge Chris Smith heard that Jones had expressed ‘genuine remorse’ and would never teach again.

Robert Mochrie said conciliatoryly: ‘The defendant appears to have developed sincere but albeit inappropriate feelings for the victim and was in fact preoccupied with seeking her company.’

He said they would send each other photographs of food they ate, calling it ‘far from the often bad pictures’ often sought by offenders.

But Judge Smith said this was ‘really indicative of how this defendant and her victim thought this was a genuine, loving relationship.’

He added: ‘All parents who send their child to school expect them to be kept safe by those in whose care they leave their child.’

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