Teacher accused of having sex with pupil 'exchanged Whatsapp messages about shagging teenage boy', court hears

A teacher accused of having sex with a pupil exchanged Whatsapp messages with a friend about “shagging” a teenage boy, a court heard.

Deborah Lowe, 53, is accused of engaging in sexual activity with a child when being a person in a position of trust.

However she says sex only took place when the boy was aged 17 and he had left her school.

During a trial at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, she was told of an exchange of messages she sent to a friend in October 2016.

Her friend wrote: “We can’t all have a 17-year to shag. Lol xxxx”

Lowe replied: “Can I just say for the minute I am not shagging him and I am merely a mother figure. However if not in the too distant future he wants to discuss the merits of an older woman I will be there for him.”

Her friend wrote: “Yummy. Can’t say I blame you.”

Lowe then replied with emojis of a bottle of baby lotion and a pair of handcuffs, the court heard.

On trial: Deborah Lowe arrives at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester (PA)

The defendant told the jury it was a jokey conversation as her friend knew she had not been in a relationship, or slept with a man, for nine years.

Giving evidence, she said that she was “having some sort of midlife crisis” when she slept with a teenager.

The former air hostess and divorced mother-of-two told the court she was “so ashamed” about the relationship.

She said that she first slept with the complainant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in December 2016 at her flat.

Lowe said: “He said he missed me. He had been thinking about me a lot and then we kissed, and then I am very embarrassed to say that we ended up in bed together, which I regret.”

Her barrister, Neil Usher, asked her: “What do think now about a lady of your age having sex with a young man of that age?

She replied: “I’m mortified. I’m embarrassed. I think I was having some sort of midlife crisis.

“I have never done anything like that before. I don’t know why I did it. I am so ashamed.”

The next time the pair had sex was four months later at his family home while his mother was out, she said, and then about “half a dozen times” in June 2017 at her static caravan in Poynton, Cheshire.

Mr Usher said to her: “Is there any truth in the suggestion that you had any form of sexual activity with (the complainant) while he was still at school?”

The defendant replied: “No.”

Lowe denies five counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust said to have taken place between April 1 2015 and June 30 2016.

On Thursday, the jury was directed to return a not guilty verdict on a separate count of engaging in sexual activity with a child.

The trial continues on Monday.

Additional reporting by Press Association

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