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Teacher’s sex in layby with pupil aged 17
The Sheriff deferred sentence on the teacher until May 1
Scottish Daily Express - Wednesday 20th March 2013
A married teacher was caught having sex with a teenage pupil in a car parked in an isolated layby, a court was told yesterday.
Eppie Sprung-Dawson, 26, and her 17-year-old pupil were discovered when police officers spotted a parked car with steamed-up windows.
Officers flashed their lights at the car after seeing the head of a woman move up and down on top of a male.
Dumfries Sheriff Court heard that, after they were ignored, the officers knocked on the window of the car.
Inside, the officers discovered the teacher and her pupil, Matthew Robinson, both naked from the waist down.
It later emerged that Sprung-Dawson, from Dumfries, is married to another teacher, Ranald Dawson, 32, who is the son of the late Lord Dawson, a former Solicitor General for Scotland and judge in the Scottish Supreme Courts.
The couple married at Victoria Halls in Selkirk in April 2010.
Sprung-Dawson, an English teacher at St Joseph’s College in Dumfries, admitted breaching a position of trust with Mr Robinson by engaging in sex with him.
The incident took place at the layby on the Cummertrees to Hoddom road near Dumfries on December 21 last year.
St Joseph’s, a Catholic comprehensive school, has around 800 pupils.
Wearing a white blouse and black trousers, the teacher sat with her hands clasped in front of her as details of her tryst with the teenager were revealed to the court.
It emerged that Sprung-Dawson had been the youngster’s English teacher since he was aged 13, and had helped him in dealing with his dyslexia by giving him extra tuition.
Depute Fiscal Lyndsay Hunter told the court that the pair had met near St Joseph’s before driving off in her car to a layby, where they began kissing.
They then continued on to a more secluded layby, where they both removed their trousers.
Sprung-Dawson then produced a condom and they began to have sex in the car.
After being caught by officers and questioned at the scene, she was taken to a police station in Dumfries where she was interviewed in the presence of her solicitor. Her solicitor David Finnie said that since the incident, Sprung-Dawson had been seen by a psychologist and a report had been prepared.
He said he expected the case would be continued for a background report.
Sheriff George Jamieson deferred sentence on the teacher until May 1 for reports and told Sprung-Dawson that she would be placed on the sex offenders register for a period that would be defined when she was sentenced.
Following the incident in December, religious school St Joseph’s, which holds morning mass, suspended the teacher “pending an investigation”.
It is thought she will face further sanctions from professional body the General Teaching Council for Scotland after being dealt with by the court.
One former pupil said Mrs Sprung Dawson often sent text messages, which ended in kisses, and was known for being ‘touchy-feely’.
Miss in layby sex romp with pupil
Car tryst teacher and lad, 17, half-naked
Kenny McAlpine - Scottish Sun - 20th March 2013
A married teacher yesterday admitted an illicit sex romp with a pupil in her car.
Eppie Sprung Dawson, 26, and the 17-year-old were both half-naked when suspicious cops spotted her motor parked in a layby.
The officers tried flashing their lights at the pair before they knocked on the steamed-up window and found the English mistress and the schoolboy in the front seat.
Prosecutor Lyndsay Hunter told Dumfries Sheriff Court: “When the police saw the car in the layby they noted condensation on the windows but saw the female moving up and down.
“They went to the car and knocked on the window and when the door opened they saw that both were naked from the waist down.”
Dawson taught at St Joseph’s College in the town where the boy was a sixth-year pupil.
The court heard how the pair met close to the school after a Christmas party and drove off in her car to a nearby layby where they started kissing.
But cops only stumbled across the pair after Dawson and the boy drove to a second roadside stop, where she produced a condom and they had sex.
Ms Hunter told how Dawson, who wed fellow teacher Ranald, 33, last April, worked at St Joseph’s for four years.
She added: “The youth was at the time a sixth year student. She assisted him and gave him extra tuition.”
Dawson’s lawyer David Finnie said she was assessed by a psychologist after her arrest.
And she sat pale-faced in the dock yesterday as she admitted breaching a position of trust and having sex with the pupil on December 22 last year.
Sheriff George Jamieson placed her on the sex offenders’ register and deferred sentence on her until next month for background reports.
When she returned home after the hearing, Dawson bizarrely waved a teddy bear at reporters from a window.
Last night a spokesman for Dumfries and Galloway Council said she no longer worked at the Catholic school which has 800 pupils.
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