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RE teacher facing jail after sex with schoolboy, 15,

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RE teacher facing jail after sex with schoolboy, 15, she met on Facebook
By Jaya Narain
Last updated at 6:24 PM on 16th September 2009

Facing jail: Religious education teacher Madeleine Martin, 39, admitted having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old pupil

A religious education teacher is facing jail after she admitted having sex with a 15-year-old schoolboy.

Madeleine Martin, 39, had sex with the pupil at her school on several occasions after they exchanged emails over the internet.

The pair met up after exchanging a series of emails and embarked on a passionate nine-day affair.

Today Martin was told to expect a prison sentence after she pleaded guilty to having sex with the schoolboy.

Martin, who was married but is now estranged from her husband, stood with her head bowed in the dock at Manchester Crown Court today as she pleaded guilty to ten charges of sexual activity with a child under 16.

The court heard brunette Martin, 39, and the teenager had exchanged messages over the social networking website, Facebook.

She then met the boy, who was a pupil at her school in Tameside, Greater Manchester - which cannot be identified - and performed a sex act on him.

The teacher and the pupil then met on several occasions in February this year where they had sexual intercourse.

The teacher, dressed in a black suit and white blouse, was told by Judge Peter Lakin that she will be jailed when she is sentenced in November.

Judge Lakin told her: 'You have pleaded guilty to very serious matters involving a breach of trust and sexual activity with a child under 16. Custody is inevitable and you must prepare yourself for it.

He told her that she would also be registered as a sex offender under the Sexual Offences Act and would also be investigated by the Independent Safeguarding Authority who would decide whether she should be banned from working with children or vulnerable adults.

Jennifer Birch, prosecuting, said the relationship between Martin and the boy ran from February 9 to the 17th. During that period they had full intercourse three times and she performed a sex act on him seven times.

Miss Birch said the couple decided to end their relationship by 'mutual decision' after just a few days.

The court heard Martin had been looking after her gravely ill sister and this had affected the state of her mind at the time.

Steven Sullivan, defending, said that Martin was 'a person of unblemished personal and professional character' and said he had ordered a report from a clinical psychologist to assess her state of mind at the time of the offences.

He said that Martin had now parted from her husband and was presently living with a relative in the Midlands.

Martin was granted conditional bail and left court in dark glasses and covering her face without making any comment.

In 2005 married primary schoolteacher, Hannah Grice, was jailed for 15 months after admitting having sex with a underage teenage boy.

Grice pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault on the youngster, who was aged 14 and 15 at the time of the offences.

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