Teacher Richard Pink admits sexual fling with pupil when at Holmesdale Technology College in Snodland
A teacher had a sexual relationship with a pupil after she revealed she had a crush on him, a court heard.
It happened several years ago when Richard Pink, now 32, was teaching at Holmesdale Technology College in Snodland.
Prosecutor Paul Valder said they became friendlier when she was 16. They were more flirtatious after she split from her boyfriend and Pink parted from his fiancee.
Holmesdale Technology College in Snodland, where Pink taught
They exchanged telephone numbers and then sexual texts. When she was 17 Pink told her it was difficult to remain professional when she was around.
“He touched her backside,” said Mr Valder. “She said in her (police) interview it was her dream come true.”
Pink, of Brooklands Road, Larkfield, Maidstone, said in a text to the girl he hoped he had not upset her and she replied: “On the contrary, it was really nice.”
On another occasion there was a “clinch” in a store cupboard and he again touched her bottom. “She thought the relationship had moved to the next level,” Mr Valder told Maidstone Crown Court.
“She describes herself shaking like a leaf with excitement. Again, he sent her a text saying he hoped he hadn’t scared her.”
Pink told the girl about his feelings for her and invited her to his home. She lied to her parents, telling them she was at the cinema with friends.
They kissed and went to his bedroom. She said she was anxious because it was her first sexual encounter. They indulged in foreplay, said Mr Valder.
She went to his home another time and he kept asking her to go upstairs. She teased him, saying no, but there was more foreplay.
"These are serious matters. Make no mistake about that" - Judge Charles Byers
She was due to go there again but lost her nerve. The relationship then petered out.
Mr Valder said the girl eventually confessed to her mother and the school was contacted.
When arrested Pink denied anything happened. But on Monday he admitted four offences of sexual activity with a child while in a position of trust.
The pleas were entered shortly before he was due to stand trial.
Adjourning sentence for reports until November 18 and granting conditional bail, Judge Charles Byers warned: “These are serious matters. Make no mistake about that, but your plea will stand you in better stead than if you had been convicted by a jury.”
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