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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 October 2005, 14:48 GMT 15:48 UK
Teacher guilty of 'snogging' boy
Shelley White
White's solicitor did not represent her after she gave her evidence
A teacher has been found guilty of "snogging" a 15-year-old pupil.

Shelley White, 25, was convicted by a jury at Leeds Crown Court of kissing the teenager twice in a classroom and once in a store cupboard.

White, of High Green, Sheffield, had denied three counts of abuse of trust by sexual activity with a child.

The teacher, who is awaiting sentence, claimed the 6ft pupil had made advances towards her and physically assaulted her at the school in West Yorkshire.

The jury took just over 11 hours to reach a majority verdict on each count.

At the start of the case, prosecutor Richard Newbury told the jury: "This case is about a school teacher who, in the course of her employment, snogged - that's her word - a pupil three times in less than a week."

The teenager told the jury he had been alone with White when she first kissed him in June last year and they had talked about having sex.

It's fair to say that you are a victim... a victim of your own stupidity
Judge Sally Cahill QC

White was later suspended by the school after music teacher Julie Bellas reported her when she was told of White's encounters with the boy.

Judge Sally Cahill QC said she would not pass sentence today, but when she did, White would not be going to jail.

"You have throughout this trial portrayed yourself as a victim," she told White.

"It's fair to say that you are a victim, but not a victim as you put it of your friends, the boy, and the press, but a victim of your own stupidity.

"It is very sad to see you standing before me as you do."

White initially went on trial earlier this year, but the case collapsed halfway through.

Granting her bail, the judge asked for pre-sentence reports to be made before she passed sentence and expressed concern about how much the case had cost because White had chosen to "take it this far".

Thanking the jury she told them White's solicitors had informed the court that they had stopped representing her after she had given her evidence last week.

They could draw their own inference from that, she added.

Following the verdict, John McLeod from Wakefield Council, which is responsible for the school involved, said they were discussing the next steps to take in light of the verdict.

"We are delighted the case is now over and the school and pupils involved can begin to recover from the process," he said.




SEE ALSO:
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