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Ex of teacher in pupil sex case: She hid her abortion

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THE ex-boyfriend of a teacher accused of having sex with a teenage pupil in a plane toilet has said he only found out two years later that she had had an abortion, a court heard.

Andrew Hall said Eleanor Wilson told him at the time that she needed emergency hospital treatment for bleeding.

Wilson, 29, a science teacher, is accused of having sex with the then 16-year-old on a flight back from a school trip to Africa in 2015.

Mr Hall said he first learned she had undergone a termination when detectives told him in December last year, Bristol crown court heard.

‘I remember the incident where Ellie called me and she had been rushed to hospital by a colleague after bleeding and had gone to hospital for a procedure,’ he said. ‘She described that procedure as having a blockage removed and I didn’t ask any further questions other than whether it would affect her chances of pregnancy in the future.’

Mr Hall, who was with Wilson for nine years before they split in August 2016, said it was ‘incredibly unlikely’ he was the father of the child, but added: ‘We were still having sex every few months.’

He denied he was controlling or aggressive towards her. He claimed she became aggressive after he caught her having a muffled phone call with someone. ‘The two phrases that really jumped out were “I know you won’t tell anybody” and “I know I can trust you”,’ Mr Hall said.

The court has heard that Wilson denied having an inappropriate relationship with a student when she was first asked about the allegations by the headteacher in September 2015.

She was suspended months later when the school began an investigation after she told a colleague another pupil was trying to blackmail her into sex.

Wilson, of, Dursley, Gloucestershire, denies four charges of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust. The trial continues.

■ TEACHER Eleanor Wilson and the pupil were in contact 339 times in eight months, the court heard. They exchanged 295 texts, 23 calls, 13 voicemails and eight multi-media messages up to March 2016. But the boy claims Wilson told him to delete them, so the content could not be recovered. Jurors heard when police asked Wilson why she gave him her number, listed as ‘Smurfette’ on his phone, she said: ‘Because I’m an idiot. I didn’t think he would text.’