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Norfolk primary school teacher jailed for sex offence

PUBLISHED: 18:05 02 May 2014 | UPDATED: 18:05 02 May 2014

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

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A 42 year-old former primary teacher has been jailed for 10 months for breaching his position of trust by engaging in sexual activity with a 17 year-old.

A Norfolk primary school teacher has been jailed for 10 months and placed on the sex offenders’ register for breaching his position of trust by engaging in sexual activity with a 17-year-old girl, which he knew would be the “kiss of death” to his career if discovered, a court heard.

Shaun Calver, 42, worked at Ashill Primary School, near Watton, when he met the girl and arranged to meet up with her on the school premises, when no one else was around, Norwich Crown Court heard.

John Farmer, prosecuting, said the girl thought there would be other people present, but when she turned up there was only Calver at the school and he engaged in sexual activity with her.

After the incident he continued to send the girl text messages of a sexual nature and told her: “It’s a death sentence if I get caught.”

Mr Farmer said the girl, who was sexually inexperienced, confided to her family what had happened and police were contacted.

In an impact statement, the girl said that the incident had left her “stressed out” and had “changed who she was.”

Calver, of Verbena, Wymondham, admitted being in breach of his position of trust.

Lawrence Bruce, for Calver said as a result of his conviction he had lost his job and his wife had divorced him. He said if he had not met her on school premises where he was working as a teacher, there would have been nothing wrong. ”It was because he was in a position of trust.”

He said Calver was full of remorse and shame.

Jailing him, Judge Nicholas Coleman told Calver: “You were in a position of trust when you abused that position and engaged in sexual activity.”

He said the girl was much younger than him and said: “She was sexually inexperienced and as the case makes plain you planned to lure her to the school, when no one was there.”

He added that Calver had correctly predicted the outcome when he texted the girl saying it would be the “kiss of death” if what happened was ever discovered.

“You have lost your job and you will never work as a teacher again, you have lost your reputation and your wife has divorced you.”

He also made Calver subject to a sexual offences prevention order.

After the case at an earlier hearing Ashill’s headteacher, Kelly Scott, said Calver was suspended as soon as the allegation came to light and was no longer employed there. She stressed the charge did not relate to any former or current pupils at the school.

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