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Ex-teacher jailed for sex with boy at Lincolnshire school

Kevin Heverin
Image caption The court was told Heverin did not coerce the boy

A former teacher at a school in North East Lincolnshire has been jailed after admitting having sex with a pupil.

Kevin Heverin, 34, was head of science at Cleethorpes Academy when he befriended the boy, Grimsby Crown Court heard.

The teenager spent a weekend at Heverin's home in Winterton, near Scunthorpe, during the summer holidays.

Heverin was sentenced to 28 months for six counts of sexual activity with a male child and one count of grooming.

The court heard that the offences took place between 25 July and 31 July this year. Heverin resigned from his post in August.

Text messages

Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told the court the boy developed a crush on Heverin and made contact with him online.

Over the course of the next week the pair exchanged text messages which became sexual in content.

Mr Evans said they arranged for the boy to stay at Herevin's home for a weekend.

Mr Evans said the boy told police sexual activity between the pair was consensual and often instigated by the teenager.

Explicit photographs

On the weekend the offences took place, the boy had told his mother he was stayed at a friend's house.

His mother contacted police when she found he was actually with Heverin and discovered explicit photographs her son had taken of himself on his mobile phone and sent to the teacher.

In mitigation, Richard Lunn told the court Heverin became depressed when he felt he was being sidelined at work.

He said the offences were committed against this backdrop, but added that Heverin had not coerced the boy at any point.

Mr Lunn said: "The defendant was flattered and made what can only be described as a gross error of judgement that will mar him for the rest of his life.

"He knows he's thrown 16 to 20 years of his life away."

Heverin will remain on the sex offenders register for 10 years and is disqualified from working with children.

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