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Music teacher admits 'sexual activity' with 16-year-old Devon schoolgirl

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 16, 2013

By Ted Davenport



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A music teacher has admitted taking part in sexual activity with a 16-year-old girl who was a student at the school where he taught.

Paul Smith admitted abusing his position of trust as a teacher with the schoolgirl on four different occasions during the Summer Term of 2012.

He denied raping the girl twice and the prosecution have agreed not to pursue these cases after consulting with the victim, Exeter Crown Court was told.

He will be sentenced in the New Year and has been warned he may face a jail sentence.

Smith, 39, of Bourne Avenue, Southgate, London, denied two counts of rape but admitted four offences of sexual activity with a person under 18 while in abuse of a position of trust.

All the allegations relate to April 1, 2012 to July 1, 2012, when he was working at a secondary school in Devon.

Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, adjourned the case and ordered a pre-sentence report. He told Smith: ”You must understand that all options including custody remain open.”

The Judge ordered Smith to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register before leaving Court.

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