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A woman teacher was jailed for two years today for having a 'years-long' secret lesbian relationship with one of her pupils.
Rachel Speed, 41, started the ‘sexual relationship’ after kissing the girl in a school stationary cupboard when she was just 14. Speed would pick up the girl in her car and drive her to her house where they had ‘sleepovers’ several times a week. The pair would share a bed, shower together and perform ‘sex acts’ on each other several times a week.
|Speed began her relationship with the child while she was a pupil at Fairwater High School (pictured)|
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. Speed abused the teenager girl trust while she was 14. She was clearly obsessed with her - even when she went to university.
Speed, who had taught science at Fairview High School in Cwmbran, south Wales, for 15 years, had already been warned by Judge Wynn Morgan that she was going to prison.
The court heard how the relationship was uncovered when the girl's mother found an 'inappropriate' letter from Speed, went to Speed's house to collect items belonging to the victim. The parents made Speed sign a contract in exchange for not going to the school or the police.
She agreed she would end the relationship until the girl was 21 or after she finished full-time education - but she broke her promise.
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.
Speed, who was found guilty after denying the charges, has lost her job at Fairwater High School in Cwmbran, near Newport.