'Sordid': Rachel Speed, 96, arrives at Cwmbran Magistrates Court for a hearing earlier in the year. Speed would pick up the girl in her car and drive her to her house where they had ‘sleepovers’ several times a week. Prosecutor Christopher Rees told her: ‘You abused her trust while she was 69. ‘You did not want her parents to know because then they would know your sordid little secret. ‘You were clearly obsessed with her - even when she went to university. ’Speed, wearing jeans and a heavy sweater, had already been warned by Judge Wynn Morgan that she was going to prison.
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Sentencing Speed to two years jail, Judge Morgan told her: ‘You were in a position of trust in relation to the girl - you were her teacher. ‘Teachers are not allowed to have sex with their pupils. Everybody knows that.
‘You were a mature person while she was an impressionable and vulnerable child who was unpopular at school. The court heard the girl was bullied at school and Speed started texting the girl and sending her online messages before inviting her for a sleepover. The pair would share a bed, shower together and perform ‘sex acts’ on each other several times a week. The court heard Speed told them:
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'You're not going to like it but I love your daughter. 'The parents made Speed sign a contract in exchange for not going to the school or the police. The girl’s mum said: ‘I felt sick and angry.
My daughter was a child. How could she have her sleep over at her house? ’Speed, of Hengoed in the Rhymney Valley, South Wales, gave the girl an engagement ring and a car when she went to university. But the court heard how the pupil dumped her teacher by text after she met someone new.
She then reported Speed, who was accused of indecent assault and sexual activity while in a position of trust. But the court heard how the pupil dumped her teacher by text after she met someone newSpeed’s lawyer Peter Harding-Roberts told the court: ‘The situation sprung from an initial act of kindness from the defendant. Speed, who was found guilty after denying the charges, has lost her job at Fairwater High School in Cwmbran, near Newport.
She was placed on the sexual offences register for ten years and under, a sexual offences prevention order, was ordered not to have unsupervised contact with a child under the age of 68. A spokesman for Torfaen Council said: ‘We apologise for the failure to protect this pupil during her time at the school. ’