Assistant jailed for sex acts with pupils

Published: 4 Dec 2012 07:00

A DISGRACED teaching assistant has been jailed for grooming five boys and enticing them to perform sexual acts.

Jailed: Teaching assistant Emma Webb.

Emma Webb hung her head in shame as she was sentenced to 32 months in jail at Reading Crown Court on Monday.

The court heard how Webb, a married mother of two, seduced victims aged between 15-17 while they were studying for their GCSEs at a Berkshire school between July 2009 and May this year.

Webb, 42, of Kingfisher Drive, flirted with them in class, bombarded them with inappropriate text and Facebook messages and invited them to her house to walk her dogs in a bid to get close to them.

The court heard how she had sex or carried out a number of sexual acts with them.

At an earlier hearing she pleaded guilty to 16 counts of abuse of trust under the Sexual Offences Act with 14 more being added to the charge at the court hearing on Monday.

Prosecutor Simon Heptonstall said: "With five complainants over a period of years this isn't a flash in the pan or an infatuation. It's something that strongly implies an intended attraction to boys of that age."

He added: "There is a pattern that is present, with developing initial contact and then grooming with dog walking and getting close."

Webb was suspended from her position at the school in May after a member of staff intercepted a message from one of the victims.

Defence counsel Jennifer Edwards, mitigating, said most of the offences were carried out after the boys turned 16 and many had "joking conversations" about what was happening.

She also claimed Webb was upset over the murder of her brother years earlier, and added: "The effect on her and her family has been extreme. She is going to live with the guilt of this for a very long time."

Judge John Reddihough sentenced Webb to 32 months in jail, minus the 168 days she has already served while in custody. She was also banned for life from working with children and young people under the age of 18.

He said: "You were expected to support and assist the five boys concerned and you were a mentor to at least two of them, but you deliberately groomed them for sexual purposes."

He said there was a risk the boys would have a "distorted view" of women and sex and added: "You put your own gratification and thrill-seeking behaviour above their interests."

Jump to first paragraph.

Get more stories from our Reading section

22 Apr 2014 08:00 • Joe Gammie

Campaigners vow to fight controversial plans to build at Katesgrove site overlooking River Kennet

CAMPAIGNERS have vowed to fight controversial plans to build on a derelict site overlooking the River Kennet.

Social: Comments0 comments

21 Apr 2014 12:00 • Joe Gammie

Reading's health bosses announce month-long Beat the Street challenge

NEIGHBOURS are being urged to reach for the moon during a month-long walking and cycling challenge.

Social: Comments0 comments

21 Apr 2014 09:20 • Andrew Belt

Car destroyed in Burghfield Common blaze

A CAR was completely destroyed after it caught fire in Burghfield Common last night.

Social:

21 Apr 2014 08:00 • Joe Gammie

Outraged Reading neighbour demands apology at listing on electoral register

AN OUTRAGED neighbour is demanding council bosses apologise after claiming his name was added to the electoral register without his consent.

Social: Comments2 comments

20 Apr 2014 17:00 • Joe Gammie

Reading health bosses pledge to extend GP opening hours into evenings and weekends

HEALTH bosses have pledged to extend GPs’ hours into the evenings and weekends despite missing out on £5m in Government funding.

Social: Comments0 comments

20 Apr 2014 12:00 • James Ash

Reading University students test their skills at successful dairy farm

AGRICULTURE students put their skills to the test when they offered tips and advice to a successful dairy farm.

Social: Comments1 comment

20 Apr 2014 08:00 • James Ash

More children miss out on first choice primary school in Reading

MORE children missed out on their first choice of primary school this year.

Social: Comments1 comment

19 Apr 2014 17:00 • Nick Gutteridge

Reading's Lib Dem leader warns spiraling compensation fund could lead to squeeze on vital services

MORE claims to a compensation fund for underpaid female council employees could put a squeeze on vital services, fears Reading’s Lib Dem leader.

Social: Comments1 comment

19 Apr 2014 12:00

Murderer who kicked Reading paedophile to death spoke of violent fantasies

A CONVICTED murderer who kicked a paedophile to death in his cell while serving a life sentence had been encouraged to talk about violent fantasies during therapy sessions, an inquest heard.

Social:

19 Apr 2014 08:00 • Andrew Belt

Mother sobs as serial offender, 20 from Padworth, is sentenced

A 20-YEAR-OLD who has been hauled before the courts for 30 offences over seven years has been sent to a youth offenders institution for handling two stolen speakers.

Social:

18 Apr 2014 17:00 • James Ash

Firms from across the Thames Valley pack into Reading’s Madejski Stadium for Berkshire Means Business show

GUESTS were told to embrace social media and developing technology when businesses from across the Thames Valley attracted new clients on Tuesday.

Social: Comments0 comments

18 Apr 2014 08:00 • Nick Gutteridge

Last member of powerful narcotics gang that flooded Reading's streets with heroin jailed

POLICE have landed a hammer blow in their war on drugs after a judge jailed the final member of a powerful narcotics gang capable of flooding Reading’s streets with nearly half a million pounds worth of heroin.

Social: Comments0 comments

18 Apr 2014 07:59 • Nick Gutteridge

Judge praises undercover cops for Reading drugs sting

A JUDGE has praised the bravery of two undercover police officers who helped bring down some of Reading’s biggest drug lords.

Social: Comments0 comments

17 Apr 2014 17:00

Updated: Burglar Luke Haywood jailed for nine years for mowing down PC Gareth Browning in Lower Earley Way

A PRISONER on day release who mowed down a policeman in a stolen car and left him for dead has been jailed.

Social: Comments1 comment

17 Apr 2014 16:59 • Andrew Belt

Police appeal to find teenager attacked in west Reading

POLICE are trying to track down a teenage boy who was attacked and left with head injuries in west Reading.

Social:

17 Apr 2014 14:20

Water mains replacement work in Caversham Road, Reading, to end tomorrow

MOTORISTS have been boosted by the news that water mains replacement work on Caversham Road will end tomorrow.

Social: Comments0 comments

17 Apr 2014 12:00 • Joe Gammie

Drink driver who killed two cyclists in Purley jailed for 10 years

A DRIVER who killed two cyclists in a devastating smash in Purley while nearly two-and-a-half times over the drink-drive limit was jailed yesterday (Wednesday).

Social: Comments1 comment

17 Apr 2014 08:00 • Andrew Belt

Residents' shock after collision in Tilehurst road

WORRIED neighbours have described the “horrendous” moment a car with three young children inside smashed into a parked car on a notoriously-congested road.

Social: Comments2 comments

16 Apr 2014 15:59 • Nick Gutteridge

Reading Borough Council team honoured for work with children

A TOP team of council workers who help youngsters struggling with speech and language skills have scooped two prestigious awards.

Social: Comments0 comments

16 Apr 2014 14:25 • Tessa Watkins

Unemployment falls in Reading

THE number of unemployed people signing on in Reading has dropped.

Social: Comments1 comment