Friday, August 12, 2011

Suzanne Harrison, teacher, admits sexual activity with underage girl pupil

Suzanne Harrison, 35, who last month quit a director of the Suffolk One sixth form centre in Ipswich, previously taught her victim at a 1,500-pupil secondary school in Colchester, Essex.

She admitted two charges of sexually touching a female aged under 16, one count of sexual assault by penetration and engaging in sexual activity with the girl while in a position of trust.

The offences happened over a seven month period between December 2005 and July 2006.

Geography teacher Harrison of Rendlesham near Woodbridge, Suffolk, sobbed throughout the hearing at Ipswich Crown Court.

Judge David Goodin told her that a prison sentence could not be ruled out. She was bailed for reports and will be sentenced on September 2.

Richard Atchley, defending, said: "This is an unusual and sad case. This does not necessarily mean a custodial sentence."

Harrison also taught at Otley College, an agricultural training centre near Ipswich after leaving her school in Colchester.

She was suspended from her job as director of progression at Suffolk One after being arrested and resigned on July 20 the day before she was due to face disciplinary proceedings. (more)