Sobbing primary school teacher jailed after molesting students aged 11 and 12

14 June 2022, 16:14

A primary school teacher is facing jail after sexually abusing two schoolboys
A primary school teacher has been jailed for 3 years for sexually abusing two schoolboys. Picture: Alamy

By Megan Hinton

A primary school teacher has been jailed for three years after she was found guilty of sexually abusing two schoolboys in her care.

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Carol Ann White, 39, of Uddingston, near Glasgow, sobbed as her sentence was handed to her after jurors took just over an hour to find her guilty following a seven-day trial.

The disgraced teacher was convicted of molesting an 11-year-old and 12-year-old pupil at two primary schools in Scotland over a near two-year period and was placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

Graham Robertson, who was representing White at Tuesday's sentencing, said: "Even as of today's date, Ms White is consistent with her position and she has always denied the overtly sexual nature of the charges.

"There has been a massive breach of trust and she knows that."

Police discovered the teacher had been messaging a 12-year-old boy with special educational needs during lockdown.

An investigation revealed a total of 1,185 texts had been exchanged over a three-week period between the pair which included eight indecent images of the child and inappropriate images of herself, with one captioned "cockblock of the year goes to Covid-19".

The disgraced teacher asked the 12-year-old to touch himself intimately whilst on a Facetime call and later kissed the boy up to 50 times during a school trip.

In police interviews, the victim said White had groped him and forced his hand down the front of her trousers saying: "Miss White said if you touch me I will touch you and then grabbed my hand and put it down her trousers. It happened once."

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Police discovered the predator had also abused an 11-year-old boy at another primary school who revealed during interviews that White had kissed him in a school cupboard on one occasion and also held his head against her groin and rubbed him with her breast.

The 11-year-old boy told the court: "We were talking about football because she is a big Celtic fan and the kiss just happened.

"For the last year I've felt like I had to protect her because I thought she was this nice person but she really wasn't.

"If you were Miss White's teacher's pet then she would favour you. It felt quite good. Looking back I feel disgusted."

White denied two counts of engaging in sexual activity with the boys between August 2018 and May 2020 but was convicted by a jury following one hour of a deliberations after a seven-day trial at Airdrie Sheriff Court.

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She cried uncontrollably following the verdict and during sentencing.

Depute fiscal Kevin Jarvis said: "By day she was a respectable teacher, by night she was discussing sexual innuendos with a 12-year-old pupil before reverting back to a respectable adult again.

"She was the master of deceit."

Speaking after the sentencing, the mother of one of the victims said: "Concerns had been raised in the school about her being overly familiar with pupils but yet she was allowed to move on and target a vulnerable boy.

"The whole thing is shocking and I feel as if I've had no support for the last two years."