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Bromley teacher, 27, pleads guilty to sexual activity with schoolboy

PUBLISHED: 16:02 20 April 2016 | UPDATED: 17:12 20 April 2016

Lauren Cox

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She appeared in court today

A teacher at a Bromley secondary school has pleaded guilty to embarking on a sexual relationship with a student she first met when he was 13.

Lauren Cox, 27, Hazelwood Heights, Oxted, appeared at Croydon Crown Court on Wednesday.

She pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual activity with a child under 18 in a position of trust.

The 16-year-old boy admitted he the abuse last year and 27-year-old Cox was arrested on September 16.

Cox first met the child in 2012 just weeks after starting a job at the school and the victim said they formed a close relationship.

She began a sexual relationship with the teenager in January 2015, meeting after school and during school holidays.

But in August 2015 the student ended the relationship.

Cox continued to message the boy and his parents informed the headmaster of the school.

The officer investigating the case, PC Laura Davies of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command (SOECA), said: “Cox abused her position of trust as a teacher and groomed the boy which went on to sexual abuse. The abuse has had an extremely adverse effect on the boy with his studies suffering as a result.

“Cox never once admitted the offences during police interview. She has now admitted the offences today but only because of the wealth of evidence against her.

“Cox displayed dismissive arrogance to the seriousness of the allegations against her. It’s most concerning that she showed no remorse - as professionals, teachers have a specific duty of care to young people and this was abused.”

She will appear at Croydon Crown Court for sentencing on May 19.

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