Hereford & Worcester

Relationship teacher denies sex with under-age pupil

A relationship teacher has denied having sex with an under-age pupil.

David Robinson, 41, of Belmont Road, Malvern, employed at a school in Worcestershire at the time of the alleged offences, denies six counts of sexual activity with a child.

Jurors heard a police interview in which he claimed his relationship with the girl had then been platonic.

He admitted in Hereford Crown Court that after her 16th birthday the relationship had become sexual.

The jury was told Mr Robinson began a friendship with the girl, now aged 19, because she was in a "depressive state" and he thought he could help.

'Fell in love'

In a transcript read out to jurors, he said that they would talk about why she was depressed.

"I saw her as a friend and somebody who I could hopefully bring out of a very dark place that she was in," he said.

He added he was not proud that the relationship had become sexual when she was 16 but also said it had continued for another 18 months.

"I am not ashamed to say it, I fell in love with her and she fell in love with me and it was great," he said.

The girl, who cannot be identified, called off the relationship in November 2008 because he was unable to commit to it and because of issues with his ex-wife, he said.

The charges relate to events between November 2006 and May 2007 when Mr Robinson was employed as personal, social and health recreation teacher.

The trial continues.

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