Private school teacher in jail for having a sexual relationship with a pupil

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After a long-lasting relationship with Nicola Park (42), Bearsden in Scotland, she was told she would never teach again.

After having a relationship with a 15 year-old student, a teacher at a top private school was sentenced to jail.

Nicola Park (42), was close to the girl for over two years after her marriage ended.

Park was 15 years old when the pupil first spoke to her. She was struggling with personal issues.

Soon they began to meet secretly, including at Park’s house, where the teacher called the girl. “my angel.”

The teenager decided to end contact in 2020, and she told her doctor what had happened to Park before a police probe was launched.

Officers searched the Scottish teacher’s house and made a few discoveries, including photos. “sexual nature.”

Park, East Dunbartonshire’s Bearsden, pleaded guilty to having a sexual relationship between the pupil and him while he was in a position trust between December 2016-April 2019.

She was sentenced to 27 months in prison and placed on the sex offenders registry for 10 years.

Sheriff John McCormick stated: “This was not a momentary lapse in an otherwise unblemished career in teaching.

“This was an abuse on trust between a teacher in her late thirties and a young woman in her twenties. It involved kissing, touching, and engaging in sexual acts.

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

“Given the gravity of this offence, its time and professional role as a teacher at school, I believe that a custodial sentence is the only option.”

Park’s details were passed to the authorities stating that she is “It is not recommended to work with children.”

The teacher was assistant housemistress at the school while also teaching maths and social education.

In December 2016, the girl became upset and spoke to Park after complaining of feeling “All by itself”.

Prosecutor Jennifer McKee told the court: “Park would not get it. After recently being separated from her husband, she said that she could understand.

“Park offered the girl support which helped her cope with how she was feeling.”

The teacher explained that the teenager could reach her during school hours, and they exchanged regular emails, including those on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Park later called herself Park “Auntie Nic”She would then sign off with several kisses.

The couple met in January 2017 at Glasgow’s west end. It was a true story, according to the court. “understood by both this would not be discussed with anyone else”.

Miss McKee said: “Park mentioned that they ‘probably should not be meeting up’.

“Park made it a point to meet her and make her feel special.”

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 so much.”

Park was later involved in sex acts with the girl. The teenager often went to Park’s then home in Glasgow’s Hyndland.

The teenager, now 18, eventually finished school and believed the “Relationship ended”.

But, the hearing was told Park struggled with the “Abbreviations” and “Display manipulative behavior” towards the girl.

This lead to the teenager suffering from stress, losing weight and ending up in hospital.

In September 2020, 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.

In October 2020, Park’s home was searched by police. Officers seized a number of photos of the pair together including on an iPhone.

Park later said there had been contact with the girl outside school, but denied anything “Inappropriate”.

On being charged, she insisted: “It is completely false. There was never any sexual activity.”

Park’s lawyer said that Park will never work as a teacher again.

Ian Patterson, defending, added: “She dedicated her whole life to teaching. In this particular instance, she lost her footing and was involved in something she now regrets.

“Her name has been plastered across newspapers and her reputation has been ruined, her profession has been lost and her friend groups have been lost.

“She is acutely aware that she did not do the right thing and is very sensitive to the pain and suffering of the victim, her family and the school.”

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