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JAILED: TWELVE MONTHS for Orpington teacher who had sexual relationship with schoolboy

PUBLISHED: 16:01 19 May 2016 | UPDATED: 11:29 23 May 2016

Lauren Cox

Lauren Cox

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Lauren Cox was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court today

A teacher at an Orpington school who entered a sexual relationship with a boy “showed no remorse” for her crime, according to a police officer who investigated the case.

Lauren Cox, 27, previously pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual activity with a child in a position of trust and was sentenced to 12 months in prison on Thursday, May 19.

Cox’ victim, aged 16, admitted the abuse last year and Cox, from Hazelwood Heights, Oxted, was arrested on September 16.

She first met the boy in 2012 just weeks after starting her 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.

As well as a jail term, Cox must also spend 10 years on the Sex Offenders register.

PC Laura Davies was the lead officer in the case.

She 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 only admitted the offences subsequently 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.”

An NSPCC spokesperson said: “What makes this case particularly shocking is that Cox was a teacher. She had a duty of care, instead she pursued a sexual relationship with a young boy. Her actions have clearly had a devastating impact on her victim’s life and education.

“Victims of sexual abuse need significant support to rebuild their lives. Anyone who has any concerns about a child should contact the NSPCC’s helpline free and in confidence on 0808 800 5000. Children should contact ChildLine on 0800 1111.”

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