A DISGRACED former Coventry teacher has been ordered to register as a sex offender after she admitted being involved in sex acts with teenage girls.
Sandrine Brown pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and five charges of sexual activity with a child.
The charges Brown (31) of Paladine Way, Stoke, Coventry, has admitted relate to two girls. One was 13 or 14 at the time the offences began, and the other was 16.
It is claimed Brown incited the younger child to engage in sexual activity in circumstances where she did not believe her to be over 18 and while she was in a position of trust as a teacher.
There are three charges relating to sexual activity with that girl when she was aged between 14 and 16, again while Brown was in a position of trust.
The other two charges relate to another girl when she was aged 16 and 17.
Brown denied two further similar charges in relation to the girls – one alleged to have been when the first girl was 17 and one when the second girl was 15.
Accepting the written basis on which Brown had entered her pleas, which was not read in court, prosecutor Graeme Simpson said: “There is evidence that there was an occasion when all three were in bed together, but no evidence of any sexual activity on that occasion.”
Judge Andrew Lockhart QC observed: “The court is dealing here with a teacher who has abused the position of trust she was given by the education authority by reason of the position she took between 2008 and 2011.
“It involves a gross breach of trust.”
The court heard Brown was of ‘hitherto good character,’ and her barrister Lee Marklew asked for the case to be adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on her.
Judge Lockhart agreed, commenting: “These are often matters of complex relationships which develop over a period of time and become confused.
“But it is a very serious matter, as she has no doubt been told.”
Adjourning for the report to be prepared and granting Brown bail, the judge pointed out there would be ‘a notification requirement’ for her to attend a police station and register as a sex offender.