A high school teacher who engaged in sex acts with her teenage student told him it would be "dangerous" if they were caught but would also be "worth it".
Monica Elizabeth Young emotionally reportedly told her victim he “didn’t have the balls" after he refused her dares to hug her in the classroom.
She had started texting the 14-year-old schoolboy when she was 23 and continually told him not to tell anyone, according to facts in the case.
Young began teaching at the Sydney high school in March 2020, just a short time before the state was put into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic and education was forced online.
Speaking to Sydney District Court, the teacher said: “Students could message you up until midnight. There were no boundaries for online teaching."
Sexual acts reportedly occurred in empty classrooms, while a film was showing with other students nearby and one afternoon on a staircase.
The teacher was caught driving to meet the teenager in a park after she messaged "it's dangerous if we get caught, but if you do it, it'll be worth it".
A family member of the victim saw him and Young sitting together in her car and quickly contacted the school and police authorities.
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Young was arrested in July 2020 and just as the trial was due to commence she pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual intercourse in aggravating circumstances, as the 14-year-old was under her authority.
In a letter addressing the mother and family of her teenage victim, Young said: “I am unable to fully express how sorry I am for my actions that have negatively impacted (the boy) and his family.
“(The boy) trusted me and I abused that trust which may have severe impacts on his future. I deeply regret allowing the relationship to progress as far as it did.
“I studied for four years … to guide young people … but the lines got blurred.”
Alexander Terracini, Crown prosecutor, concluded that this was not spontaneous sexual abuse and said jail was the only appropriate sentence.
The court heard from medical reports that Young had borderline personality disorder features and a breakdown of engagement with another man had negatively impacted her.
Young is due to be sentenced on July 8.
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