Teacher walks free despite having an affair with boy for seven monthsBy Mason White 11:45 AM April 8, 2014
By: Anika Rao
A drama teacher was arrested, charged and convicted of child sexual assault after having an affair with one of her students, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.
Now, a judge has sentenced the teacher to a suspended sentence, and she walked out of court a free woman.
According to the police investigation, Kelly Burgess, 26, had a seven-month relationship with the child, aged between 16 and 17 at the time, while working as his drama teacher. The couple met at school every day.
They exchanged hundreds of text messages, many of them explicit, as well as nude photographs. The Bristol Crown Court has heard how Burgess of Newport, Gwent, took the boy, now 18, along for trips at least twice.
On one occasion, the student accompanied Burgess to a teacher’s training course in Warwick, where the couple had sex in a hotel paid for by the school. Their relationship was exposed when Burgess took the child to a sexual health clinic after developing symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease.
During the visit to the clinic, the child told a nurse that he was having a relationship with his 25-year-old teacher. The nurse reported the incident to police and Burgess was arrested.
She initially denied the allegations, but eventually pleaded guilty to four offenses of sexual abuse of trust and engaging in a sexual act with a child. Judge Euan Ambrose sentenced Burgess to 10 months in prison, suspended for two years.
She was also ordered supervised release for two years.