Top private school teacher had sex with pupil, 15, she called ‘my angel’

A teacher at a top private school who had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old pupil she called "my angel" has been jailed for 27 months.

Assistant housemistress Nicola Park, 42, got close to the girl for more than two years as her own marriage fell apart, a court was told.

The teen had initially spoken to Park as she struggled with a personal issue, but they soon started meeting regularly – including staying at Park's home – with the teacher calling the girl "my angel".

The teenager eventually wanted to end contact as she moved to university and revealed what had happened with Park to her doctor, sparking a police probe.

When officers later searched Park's home, they made discoveries linking the pair including photos of a "sexual nature".

Park pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to engaging in a sexual relationship with the pupil while in a position of trust.

The court heard the girl became upset and spoke to Park after complaining of feeling "alone".

Prosecutor Jennifer McKee told the court: "She said Park would not understand how she felt.

"She replied that she did understand having recently separated from her husband. Park offered the girl support which helped her cope with how she was feeling."

The teacher said the teenager could contact her outside school hours and the pair exchanged emails in which Park called herself "Auntie Nic" and signed off with kisses.

The court heard the pair met up on Sundays where kissing occurred and Park later contacted the teenager before she went on holiday.

The gushing message included: "You are my angel. I love you to bits."

Park was later involved in sex acts with the girl, the court heard.

The teenager eventually moved to start university and believed the "relationship had ended".

But the court heard Park struggled with the "breakdown" and "displayed manipulative behaviour" towards the girl.

This led to the teenager suffering from stress and ending up in hospital. She went to her GP and revealed what had been going on with Park.

The girl went on to block contact with Park before contacting the NSPCC.

Park, of Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire, was put on the sex offenders' register for 10 years and will never work as a teacher again.

Ian Patterson, defending, added: "She is completely aware that what she did was completely wrong and is extremely understanding to the cause of upset to the victim, her family, the wider community and the school."

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Sheriff John McCormick told her: "This was not a momentary lapse in an otherwise unblemished career in teaching.

"This was abuse of trust of a teacher in her late 30s with an adolescent young female that included kissing, touching and engaging in sexual acts.

"You were a teacher and it was you who was in a position of responsibility and trust.

"Such is the gravity of the offence, the time it occurred and the professional role as a teacher at the school, in my opinion there is no alternative to a custodial sentence."

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