A creative writing teacher is now an unemployed, registered sex offender. This is the result of him sending sexual photos and messages to his 17-year-old female student.
The teacher, 24-year-old Thomas Stirling is originally from England. Monday, he appeared in court, where he admitted to the charges.
Stirling says he did send “sexually charged” messages to the teen student. They had spent time together reading the erotica novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
The sexual images and texts were discovered on the teacher’s phone by his then-girlfriend. At first, he tried covering it all up by saying that the inappropriate, sexual messages were his way of comparing the “grammar and content” of the erotic novel that the dialogue in Shakespeare’s “MacBeth,” reported the Telegraph.
After Stirling’s girlfriend found more of his exchanges with the student on Instagram, she broke up with him and alerted the school he worked for. Stirling’s contract at Franklin College in Grimsby was immediately suspended.
The outlet reported that some of the messages Stirling sent to the unidentified teen referenced her virginity and described different sexual acts. The incident happened between September and November 2015.
Stirling has since got a job as a receptionist at a hotel and has put as much distance as possible between him and the victim, it was revealed in court. Patricia Doherty told the court that the former teacher knew his actions were “incredibly foolish.”
“He had some problems of his own in the past and foolishly and naively thought that he could help her,” she said. “He knows that he can’t go back into teaching at all. He has taken this job because it keeps him away from youngsters. He has put distance between himself and the girl.”
Judge Eric Elliot revealed that the student had been dealing with “personal and domestic problems” and went to Stirling for help. The judge said Stirling should have known better and ordered him to complete rehab. Stirling will also be registered on the sex offenders list for five years.
“You knew full well, bearing in mind you were a teacher in a position of trust, that you ought to go down that road,” the judge said.