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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 September 2006, 13:32 GMT 14:32 UK
Text message teacher found guilty
David Hosken
Hosken sent the text messages from the staffroom
A music teacher who sent texts saying 'love you' from a staff room has been convicted of sexually touching a schoolgirl.

David Martin Hosken, 32, will be sentenced next month after a report by probation officers is prepared.

Hosken, from Rhydyfelin, Aberystwyth, was cleared of four other charges.

The judge at Swansea Crown Court granted him bail but warned him that did not indicate what the sentence might be.

Judge Christopher Morton said he wanted the pre-sentence report to detail the consequences of the conviction to Hosken's role as a teacher.

His bail conditions ban him from entering the school grounds.

'Completely stupid'

The trial had earlier heard how police recovered text messages from Hosken addressed "babe" and signed "love you".

Hosken had told the jury he had been "completely stupid" and "unprofessional" in sending the teenager text messages which could have been considered to be suggestive.

But he denied there was a ever a sexual motive in his relationship with her.

He agreed he had had a "closer then normal" relationship with the girl, who had turned to him for help while experiencing emotional difficulties.

Hosken, of Rhydyfelin, Aberystwyth, accepted he had acted in an unprofessional, foolish and inappropriate manner.

During the trial the prosecution claimed Hosken kissed the girl on the lips and once wrote he would like to do something to her "that could put me in jail."


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