Married geography teacher, 27, SCREAMS as she is jailed for 12 months for having sex with a 16 year old pupil during a six month affair that started when she propositioned him after giving him a lift home

  • Lauren Cox initiated illicit encounters when she gave the boy a lift home
  • Affair developed with sexual relations in her car and both of their houses
  • The 27-year-old, who married in 2014, has been kicked out of marital home
  • She sobbed throughout and screamed as she was jailed for 12 months today

Lauren Cox, 27, from Surrey, had an affair with a 16-year-old schoolboy

Lauren Cox, 27, from Surrey, had an affair with a 16-year-old schoolboy

A married geography teacher who had sex with a 16-year-old pupil during a six-month affair screamed as she was jailed for 12 months today.

Lauren Cox, 27, form Oxted in Surrey, initiated the illicit encounters after propositioning the boy after giving him a lift home.

The affair developed with the pair having oral and full sex in her car, at her marital home and at his home.

She also sent him explicit photographs and videos of her naked and indulging in sex acts.

Cox screamed as she was jailed, after she pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual activity with a boy aged 13 to 17 at Croydon Crown Court.

She admitted to sexual touching with the boy on two occasions in March last year as well as sexual intercourse between April and September whilst being in a position of trust.

The teacher said 'I'm sorry' to her tearful family sitting in the public gallery as she was taken to the cells at Croydon Crown Court..

An emotional exchange took place between the victim's mother and Cox's mother.

Judge Adam Hiddleston jailed Cox after commending the boy's mum for the way she handled the situation.

He said Cox kept the relationship secretive, but the boy's suspicious mum spotted him getting into her car before contacting her telling her to resign and never see her boy again.

Judge Hiddleston said: 'Her calm and sensible reaction to this came to her as she suffered considerable shock.

'After you made a full confession you begged to break the news and she allowed you do to so.

'And then you didn't do as you said. At that further meeting you had sex with him again in a flagrant breach of trust instilled in you by his mother.

'Despite being warned to desist by the victim's mother you offended again.'

Judge Hiddleston accepted that she groomed the boy, having known him before he turned 16.

He said: 'The relationship between you and the victim changed, one would say, across the line.

'The effect on the victim has been considerable. He described how you emphasised the need for secrecy which led him to distance himself from his friends and family.

'The constant need to lie led to him becoming depressed.'

The judge took into account her guilty plea and that she had destroyed her chances in the career she had excelled in.

He said: 'In all likelihood you will never be able to work with children again.

'You did break all of the rules, rules you were very well aware of.

'You have brought shame and disrepute on yourself but you have so taken a very noble profession into disrepute.

'I don't believe I would be doing my duty if I did not send out a message loud and clear that betrayal in this situation must result in an immediate custodial sentence.'

Cox will return to court next month to learn her fate
Prosecutors said there was a ‘build up’ to their relationship ahead of the victim’s 16th birthday despite the ten-year age difference.

Cox, who pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual activity with a boy aged 13 to 17, will return to court next month to learn her fate

Crying throughout the hearing, she found herself unable to look at her family in the public gallery but apologised as she was led to the cells.

Cox's mum burst into tears and as she exited the room, the victim's mother said to her: 'I didn't have a choice, he is my son.'

Cox's mum replied: 'You did have a choice. How do you sleep at night?' 

A source close to the investigation said the victim's mum appeared to give Cox a chance when in August she told her to hand in her resignation but then got police involved.

He said: 'The boy didn't want her to go to prison. He loved her.

'The mum engineered it all. When Lauren finished it in August and handed in her resignation was the second the police got involved.

'The boy definitely wouldn't have done it. The boy was in love with her.

'The mum engineered it completely. She was angry because she wanted him to become a doctor and he wanted to become a teacher.

'She thought he had been influenced by Lauren.'

Cox screamed as she was jailed today, after she pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual activity with a boy aged 13 to 17 at Croydon Crown Court

Cox screamed as she was jailed today, after she pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual activity with a boy aged 13 to 17 at Croydon Crown Court

Cox, who has been placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for 10 years, wrote an impassioned letter to the judge apologising for her actions but vowed she would fight to teach again.

In it, she wrote: 'I fell in love, I made him happy and the feeling, I believe, was mutual.

'If there's even a minuscule chance of me being able to resurrect my career I will fight for it with everything I have.'      

Cox was dumped by her husband and kicked out of her home after she was found out and she has since moved back in with her parents. 

Last month, the court heard suspicions about the illegal relationship was first raised by the boy's younger sister, but the full details were only emerged after his mother began to investigate.

The teacher sobbed throughout the hearing as she sat in the dock dressed in a black jacket and wearing thick rimmed glasses. Her parents watched from the public gallery.

Cox was dumped by her husband and kicked out of her home after she was found out and she has since moved back in with her parents

Cox was dumped by her husband and kicked out of her home after she was found out and she has since moved back in with her parents

Brian Reece, prosecuting, said the pair first time became close in February last year.

He said: 'In the course of that journey she stopped the car and they talked and she gave him three choices: they could either sit in silence, she could simply drive him it they could hug. He chose the third of those options. This was the first physical contact.

'It was the first step into what she knew was forbidden territory.'

She then encouraged the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, to continue by messaging him on Instagram where she promised to take him out when he reached sixth form and spoke about her difficult personal life.

Cox continued to give him lifts home in her car and they ended up first kissing with tongues and told him to keep their relationship secret.

Mr Reece said: 'Moving closer to the full sexual relationship, they were in the car as before. She partially undid his shirt, had put her hands on the inside of his trousers, touching his penis.'

The next time in her car she got the boy to touch her intimately on March 16 and either later that month or in April they first had full sex.

Mr Reece said: 'During the first time this happened there was oral sex but she didn't stop there and maneuvered herself into a position where she could have sex.

'She wasn't on the pill at that stage and she told him she wasn't. Neither of them had a condom but they continued then to having full sex.

'The sex continued between them and they met at least once each week.

'Four or more incidents were at her matrimonial home.

'And there were a few occasions where it happened at [his] house, where they were taken by surprise.

'They thought they had managed to slip out (of the house) but they were wrong.

'Moving closer to the full sexual relationship, they were in the car as before. She partially undid his shirt, had put her hands on the inside of his trousers, touching his penis.' 
Brian Reece, prosecuting, at Croydon Crown Court

'It was that information, in the hands of the mother, that would lead to the exposure and ending of the relationship.'

The victim's younger sister came home on May 9 last year and Cox slipped out of the house but the child noticed her car and spotted her sandals.

Mr Reece said: 'There was a careful investigation in the hands of [the boy's] mother who was ultimately to confront the defendant at the end of August to tell her to bring the relationship to an end and never speak with her son.'

The mum picked holes in her son's stories and noticed that when he said he wished to study geography at Sussex University, that it was the same institution and subject as Cox.

Mr Reece said: 'The mother described herself as having a sixth sense about the defendant.'

The boy confessed to his mother and a forensic examination of the car by police in September discovered traces of his DNA.

Cox - who even played truant to meet for sex - sent the boy explicit pictures and videos and continued to pursue him even after he ended their relationship.

She was arrested in September last year after the head of the school, which cannot be named for legal reasons, was alerted and then told social services and the police.

Cox, seen being driven away from the court, had a sexual relationship with the 16-year-old boy she was teaching between March and September last year

Cox, seen being driven away from the court, had a sexual relationship with the 16-year-old boy she was teaching between March and September last year

The events fuelled a rumour mill at the school, which cannot be named for legal reasons. Parents said Cox was well known for her 'forward' manner with boy pupils.

One said: 'I remember her from a parents' evening. The way she greeted one of the boys, it certainly raised an eyebrow.'

Another claimed a mystery whistleblower had plastered buildings with Post-it notes in a bid to raise the alarm about the improper relationship.

Investigators are concerned the boy, who continues to study at the same institution, could be identified by a whirlwind of comment on social media.

The teen has been lavishly praised by contemporaries online – with classmates taking sly digs at the morals of the teacher. A former pupil said photos of the pair together in a car spread like wildfire as they were exchanged by mobile phone.

Her lawyer, Ronnie Manek, defending, said Ms Cox truly loved the boy and was suffering throughout from depression through the affair.

He asked the judge to suspend any prison sentence adding: 'She is ashamed of her behaviour, extremely ashamed.

'Once on that merry-go-round of emotions she found it hard to get off.

'She herself got into a relationship with an older man when she was 19.' 

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