A learning supervisor who developed an ‘obsessive relationship’ with a female pupil who attended the Northumberland school where she worked has narrowly avoided a prison sentence.
Tracey Sandra Graham, 34, of Queen Street, Alnwick, pleaded guilty to harassment of the teenager between June 2011 and July 2012.
On Monday, prosecutor Gavin Doig told Newcastle Crown Court how Graham had befriended the youngster, taking her on trips and giving her cards and gifts.
“She befriended this young girl, and made the girl’s mother trust her,” he said. “The pattern of contact is an obsessive one.”
Ros Scott-Bell, for Graham, said: “She is a lady of hitherto good character. She can see precisely now, with the benefit of hindsight, but she was leaned upon by this girl.
“She accepts she took over the relationship and she inundated her with wholly inappropriate cards and gifts.
“It was a relationship that she closed her eyes to. She simply failed to see the impact that she was having on the young girl.”
Sentencing Graham to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, Judge Penny Moreland said: “You referred to her as your princess, told her you loved her and bombarded her with texts and calls.
“She was a vulnerable young girl and you were acting in breach of the trust placed in you as a teaching supervisor.”
Graham was also given a five-year restraining order.