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Teacher cleared of sex with pupil
Jenine Saville-King
Jenine Saville-King always denied having sex with the pupil
A teacher broke down in tears after being cleared of having an affair with her 15-year-old pupil.

Jenine Saville-King, 29, was accused of having a relationship with the boy who was her pupil at a school in Watford.

Married Mrs Saville-King from Hook in Hampshire, had denied sexual activity with a child, then aged 15, and had also denied abuse of trust.

She wept as the jury at St Albans Crown Court on Wednesday delivered not guilty verdicts.

It had been alleged that Mrs Saville-King began an affair with the boy in 2004 and that they had sex after his 16th birthday.

Giving evidence Mrs Saville-King said she had never had sex with him although she admitted sending him e-mails in which she said she loved and missed him.

'Proper relationship'

Mrs Saville-King admitted meeting the boy at two hotels, but said it followed contact from the boy who was said to be distressed and emotional and threatening to commit suicide.

When asked by her barrister Sarah Forshaw what the boy wanted from her, Mrs Saville-King replied: "He wanted it to be a proper relationship.

"That's what he wanted, for me to leave Paul (her husband) and for us to be together."

She said she formed the impression the boy was in love with her.

Asked if she was in love with him she said: "No I didn't love him."

Jurors cleared Mrs Saville-King of seven counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of abuse of trust.

Speaking outside court, she said: "I made a terrible mistake in allowing myself to become so intensely involved in the emotional and personal problems of this boy.

"Although it was my job to provide pastoral care for the pupils in my charge, I allowed a situation to develop which he could distort and misrepresent to such a grotesque degree."

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