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Disgraced Exeter teacher convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old boy spared jail after planning holiday with him

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

Roseanna Langley

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A disgraced Exeter teacher who failed to properly notify authorities that she was planning a holiday with a 16-year-old boy she was having sex with has escaped jail.

Roseanna Langley, 24, had previously admitted two counts of sexual activity with the boy while in a position of trust and was given a suspended sentence.

The former science teacher, who was dismissed from the Exeter secondary school where she worked after the details of her relationship came to light, has now left her home in Willow Way, Exeter, to live in Cornwall.

But part of her punishment was an order to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years, which includes a requirement to notify police of travel plans.

Exeter Crown Court heard Langley and the boy, who is now aged 17 and cannot be named for legal reasons, are still in a relationship and had planned to go on holiday to Rome in March this year.

Langley attended a local police station to notify officers of the trip but was arrested as she had only given three days notice instead of the required seven.

After her arrest, Langley admitted she had travelled to Norway in January without notifying police.

She later pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to comply with the notification requirement and admitted being in breach of a suspended sentence.

Judge Phillip Wassall told Langley she had breached the terms of her suspended sentence but he would hand her an 18-month conditional discharge as the offence did not put others at risk.

The judge ordered Langley, who has lost her career as a teacher, to pay £350 in prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge at a rate of £40 per month.

“Obviously any breach under the sexual offences register can be a very serious offence,” the judge said.

“It is an offence which can be very wide in the way it is committed. In sentencing this case, I am bearing in mind several important factors.

“The person concerned is now 17, you are not in a position of a breach of trust with him. There is no offence of being with this young man and no offence of going abroad with him.”

Judge Wassall warned blonde Langley, wearing a black dress and pearls, there would be “severe implications” if she committed a similar breach in the future.

Langley was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years, after admitting the consensual relationship with the boy last year.

On March 6 this year, Langley attended a local police station to inform officers she intended to travel to Rome on March 9.

Prosecuting, Janice Eagles said the notification was four days too late and officers later attended Langley’s home, where she was arrested.

“The police seized travel documents including emails showing she had booked her travel to Rome on February 6,” Ms Eagles said.

“There were boarding cards in her name and also the name of the young man who was the victim in the sexual offences case.

“He is no longer at the school, she is no longer at the school so there were no offences going to be committed during that trip.”

In police interview, Langley said she was not aware she had to give seven days notification and admitted she had already travelled to Norway in January, Ms Eagles added.

Representing Langley, Rupert Taylor said the offence only came to light after his client voluntarily attended police to notify them of her plans.

“The young man in question, they are still in a relationship,” Mr Taylor said. “There are just six years between them.

“She has now, of course, lost her career and is now working in reduced circumstances and bringing home £220 a week.

“There is nothing wrong with the trip, there is nothing wrong with their relationship. It is a failure through oversight by four days.”

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  • nutterfly  |  April 04 2014, 8:31AM

    if this was a male teacher with a female student i bet the sentence would be different and more serious

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