Shannon Parsons, a British teacher who plied a teenage student with sexually explicit photographs and then had sex with him just after he reached the age of consent, burst into tears after a court spared her from incarceration this week, The Sun reports.
The boy wound up subject to the sexual perversions of his 33-year-old teacher, Shannon Parsons, at his family’s home in Gravesham, Kent, England, while his parents were at work three years ago.
The Maidstone Crown Court learned that Shannon Parsons violated the trust placed in her as a custodian of young minds by sending the student “flirty and sexual messages,” including explicit photos of herself.
This grooming campaign persisted for a number of months before Parsons went in for the sexual kill.
But the mum, described as “well-respected and highly regarded” by colleagues, waited until he was of legal age before having intercourse with him.
Female teacher who had sex with pupil, 16, after grooming him with X-rated pics sobs as she’s spared jail
Shannon Parsons got in trouble with the law after parents of another student at the teacher’s school raised concerns about her sexually aggressive behavior with the boy in question
After her arrest, Shannon Parsons said she did not conceive of the teenager as a child and the teacher added that she had no emotional attachment to him and was purely in it for the sex.
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Nevertheless, she acknowledged that her behavior was wrong.
The Daily Mail reports that Parson pleaded guilty to abuse of a position of trust by causing or inciting sexual activity with a child.
She sobbed in the dock however as Judge Philip Statman said exceptional circumstances, including her previous good character, genuine remorse, the impact of custody on her young daughter, and the extensive delay in court proceedings, enabled him to impose a sentence of 12 months’ imprisonment suspended for two years.
Female science teacher, 33, is spared jail over sex with 16-year-old boy pupil after they swapped flirty and sexual messages and photos for months while she waited for him to turn legal age
The judge told Shannon Parsons that while she had engaged in consensual sex with the boy, the act itself had been preceded by “significant planning and an element of grooming.”
The judge said: “You were the adult, he was the student, you were in your 30s, he was 16, and you had a responsibility pursuant to your profession to behave in an appropriate manner towards him.”
The Telegraph reports that the judge continued as he scolded Shannon Parsons for leveraging her teaching position for sex with a teenager: “You failed to comply with that which was required of you. It was one thing to have an interest in the education of a student and help a student to do his very best. But you crossed the important boundary and you fractured the relationship between student and teacher. The abuse of that position of trust highlights just how serious this type of criminality is.”
And yet the judge ruled that sending Parsons to jail was not necessary considering her previous good character, clear remorse and the impact incarcerating her would have on her daughter.
But the judge was also critical of delays in the proceedings, which meant it took over two years for Parsons to be charged, despite the fact she had given a full confession following her arrest in 2018.
Female teacher spared jail after sleeping with a 16-year-old pupil while his parents were at work
Judge Statman excoriated the Kent Police for causing the Crown Prosecution Service headaches as they sought documentation necessary to move the case through the court system.
Shannon Parsons, the court heard, began working as a teacher at the school where she sexually preyed upon the student three years before she consummated her deviant plot to corrupt the boy, the Mirror reports.
Prosecutor Vivian Walters recounted the day that Parsons did the dastardly deed: “They had started kissing and then had sex. He was 16. He said that after they had had sex he felt awkward. He didn’t talk to her and ignored her on Instagram.”
Walters continued: “She tried to talk to him on exam results day….but he said he couldn’t be bothered. He also said he told a couple of mates (what had happened) which was how it got spread around. He said it affected him quite badly because ‘everyone was talking about it’.”
Parsons was arrested, immediately confessed, and resigned from her job.
Female teacher who had sex with pupil, 16, sobs as she’s spared jail