Friday, November 7, 2008

Now that is what I call "Down Under"....

A TEACHER has been found guilty of pursuing an unlawful sexual relationship with a female student.

Amanda Louise Thompson, 28, pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane District Court to maintaining an unlawful relationship with a child between April 2003 and 2005.

Thompson fell for the 14-year-old student, who cannot be named, when she was teaching at a high school south of Brisbane in April 2003.

During the trial the court was told the friendship developed into a sexual relationship, with the pair meeting regularly for romantic trysts.

Prosecutor Todd Fuller said during the trial that Thompson had taken advantage of a young girl who was fighting emotional and physical "demons" when they first met in 2003.

He said the relationship may have started innocently, with Thompson providing maths tutoring and advice on coping with an eating disorder.

But, he said, it "spun out of control", and there had been an "imbalance of power" in favour of Thompson, who had been in a position of trust.

"This wasn't a Good Samaritan act ... this was much, much more than that," he said.

Mr Fuller read out extracts from a love note allegedly written by Thompson to the girl, saying it was evidence the friendship between the pair had developed into something beyond a normal teacher-student relationship.

"I love you very much and I always will," the note read.

"Please always remember that you mean the world to me and you always will."

Thompson's lawyer Mark Johnson told the jury there was no denying the relationship between the two was "bordering on bizarre at least".

However, he said there had never been anything illegal between his client and her student, arguing that the student had dreamed up details of alleged incidents of sexual activity.

Mr Johnson said there were "significant" discrepancies between the evidence the girl gave in court and her statements to polic.

Thompson's sentencing was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

She was remanded in custody and ordered to undergo psychological and psychiatric assessments.

They have it all down there. Kangaroos, Fosters and now hot lezbo action. Somewhere Paul Hogan is sharpening his knife to this.

No comments: