Music teacher, 46, who had sex with student in his car and gave her morning after pill, will be spared jail
Married father of two music teacher, 46, who had sex with sixth-grade student in his car and gave her morning-after pill, is spared jail
- Music teacher Jeremy Matthews, 46, had an affair with a student in the 2000s
- The father of two was ten years older than the loving sixth ex at the time
- He drove her to the morning after pill and left her heartbroken by dumping her
- The ‘intelligent’ girl became sad, anxious and depressed; and later an alcoholic
- Matthews was given a 12-month suspended sentence and 200 hours of unpaid work
A music teacher who had sex with a besotted sixth ex in the back of his car has been spared jail.
Father of two, Jeremy Matthews, now 46, also gave the college student the morning after pill during a pregnancy anxiety.
Matthews, of Whitwell Grange near Durham, was ten years older than the underage teen when the two-year affair began in the early 2000s.
He had offered the teenager a ride home from the Fountain’s Abbey tourist attraction in North Yorkshire and was living with a woman who is now his wife, Teesside Crown Court heard.
Jeremy Matthews appeared at Teesside Crown Court (pictured) where he admitted to having engaged in sexual activity with a girl under 16 while in a position of trust and was given a 12-month sentence with a two-year suspension
Prosecutor Ian West said it was the girl’s first real relationship, but more of an affair for Matthews.
He added: “She had no previous sexual experience. However, she sometimes had sex with the defendant in his car and sometimes back in his flat.
The victim says she considered it a love affair. The defendant did indeed tell her that he was in love with her’.
Matthews told the student he loved her and took her on the morning after pill when she feared the pregnancy.
She fell in love with Matthews and was heartbroken when he ended their relationship.
In a statement, she said: “Where has the old me gone? The old me had faith and dreams; I found problems to be challenges’.
Her mother said, “My daughter was an intelligent, kind, caring, popular girl with a bright future ahead of her.
She now lives in constant sadness, depression, ill health and anxiety and is a slave to her addiction.
“She suffers from alcoholism, which she used as a crutch to cope with her anxiety.”
Matthews initially claimed that the teen had dropped out of school, but later admitted that she was still a student.
He admitted during a November 2021 hearing that he had engaged in sexual acts with a girl under 16 while in a position of trust.
Matthews was sentenced to 12 months in prison, with a two-year suspension.
Judge Edward Legard told him, “There are few relationships more precious than those between teacher and student. To betray as you have done is unscrupulous.
“It’s obvious that your transgression has had a profoundly debilitating effect on her. She describes herself as a shadow of her former self.’
Matthews was also sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work with a 30-day rehabilitation requirement and an indefinite restraining order, barring him from contacting the victim.