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Teacher's sentencing for sex offences is deferred

The sentencing of a former teacher for sex offences against a girl has been deferred after it emerged she was receiving mental health treatment.

Suzanne Harrison, 38, a former director of a sixth form college in Ipswich, Suffolk, admitted four sex offences against the 15-year-old girl in Essex.

Judge Rupert Overbury said psychiatric reports showed it was inappropriate to sentence her at this point.

She will appear again at Ipswich Crown Court on 29 September.

Harrison, of Wacker Field Road, Rendlesham, near Woodbridge was previously director of progression at Suffolk One sixth form centre in Ipswich.

The offences were carried out during her previous employment in Essex.

The judge made an order under section 35 of the Mental Health Act to defer the sentence.

The court heard Harrison was being treated at West Suffolk Hospital.

At a previous hearing Judge David Goodin warned her that a prison term could not be ruled out.

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