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A former drama teacher at a North Somerset secondary school has walked free from court after admitting four charges of adult abuse of position of trust, namely sexual activity with a boy aged 13 to 17 years old between 1 January and 28 August 2013.
Kelly Burgess admitted having an affair with a 16-year-old pupil. She had claimed that she was not aware she had done anything illegal as the boy had reached the age of consent and the relationship was "loving and on equal terms".
The judge at Bristol Crown Court sentenced her to ten months in prison, suspended for two years, and said losing her teaching career was "the greatest punishment in many ways".
Burgess will also have to carry out 200 hours unpaid work.
A young female teacher has admitted a series of sexual offences against a teenage pupil from Bristol -between January and August last year.
Kelly Burgess, who taught at a school in North Somerset, pleaded guilty at a magistrates hearing this morning. Katie Rowlett was in court.
A young female teacher who worked in Bristol has admitted a series of sexual offences against a teenage boy.
26 year old Kelly Burgess from Newport in Gwent appeared at North Somerset magistrates court this morning.
She admitted four counts of adult breach of trust and sexual activity with a 16 year old boy between January 1 and August 28 last year.