A MARRIED teaching assistant who admitted performing a string of sex acts on a schoolboy whilst on a plane home from a school trip has been jailed for more than two years.
Jill Meldrum-Jones, 37, met the pupil at a school where she assisted in PE, science and humanities subjects.
The mum-of-two from Kineton, admitted to performing various sex acts on a 15-year-old boy, including performing oral sex, masturbating him and allowing him to perform sex acts on her.
She was forced to sign the sex offenders’ register after pleading guilty to the incidents, which happened on a school trip after she met the pupil at the school she worked at in Warwickshire.
The court heard the pair became close during a school trip to South Africa last year and started going for walks alone together.
Meldrum-Jones first performed a sex act on the boy while on a minibus with other pupils.
She then performed oral sex on the boy and “encouraged him” to perform acts on her at a “secluded spot” when they were alone together the next day.
Meldrum-Jones also masturbated the boy three times and performed oral sex three times “under the cover of darkness” on the ten hour flight back to England days later.
A court heard the teaching assistant also sent the teenager “highly sexualised” messages once they were back in the UK but there was no more physical contact.
The incident only came to light in February this year when rumours, which were circulating the school, were brought to the attention of the police.
Summarising a victim impact statement from the schoolboy Judge Philip Gregory said:
“He says: ‘I just feel horrible about it all, when I’m out I feel quite cautious because I don’t want to bump into people who know what has gone on’.
“He said he feels very nervous. Every time he goes out he feels people are talking about him.
“When he’s walking with his dog he likes to put his hood up because he always feels people are gossiping about him.”
Sentencing the weeping defendant to two years and eight months in prison the judge told her:
“It seems to me that you lost control of your senses as well as control of your physical urges.
“At the time you were a teaching assistant charged with responsibility for teenage children on a school trip.
“This should have been a wonderful experience but for one of them, the victim, it was an incident which has plagued him ever since because of the serious sexual misconduct of which you involved him.
“You’re 37, he was 15. That’s a substantial age difference, you and you alone are responsible for what happened.
“It would have been bad enough if it happened on one occasion but it happened repeatedly.
“And it didn’t end there on the holiday because under the cover of darkness on the flight home, and this almost beggars belief, you engaged in similar conduct with him.
“Once you were back in the UK you exchanged explicitly text messages with him.
“It almost beggars belief that someone from your background, happily married with two children, should so lose control of your senses and judgement that you would permit yourself to behave in this way.
“You and your family need to understand that judges have to follow the law and have to implement it.
“I acknowledge the appalling humiliation to which you’ve been subject and the hell that your husband and children will suffer as a consequence of your absence.”
Prosecutor Stefan Kolodynski had told the court that the boy felt “very uncomfortable” during the encounters.
Simon Hunka, mitigating, had urged the judge to consider a suspended sentence describing Meldrum-Jones, who has two kids aged 12 and seven, as playing a “particularly strong role in the upbringing of the children”.
He said: “She suffers from depression and was diagnosed two months after this.
“Depression can’t be an explanation but when someone suffers from depression they lose that same sense of fear and they take decisions that others wouldn’t ordinarily do.
“I can’t explain away what she did but it sets in some context why this woman goes to such strange extremes.”
An NSPCC spokesman said after the case: “Parents send children on school trips with the expectation they will be cared for by teaching staff.
“Meldrum-Jones abused that trust and must face the consequences of her grossly inappropriate behaviour.
“Her victim has struggled to come to terms with what happened and it is vital that children who are subjected to sexual misconduct, get the necessary support to move forward with their lives.”
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