A SCIENCE teacher had sex with a 16-year-old pupil in an aeroplane toilet on a school trip — and then later told him she was pregnant, a court has heard.
Ellie Wilson seduced the teenager on a flight from Africa after they became close during the camping trip, jurors were told.
The teacher, now 29 — who had a boyfriend at the time — and the pupil would ‘pair up’ for activities and stay up talking after other teachers and pupils had gone to bed, which led to an ‘erosion of boundaries’, said prosecutor Virginia Cornwall.
Wilson is alleged to have held the boy’s hand on the coach back to the airport.
All the teachers and pupils were drinking on the flight, and the victim described himself as ‘fairly intoxicated’ when the sexual encounter took place, the trial at Bristol crown court was told.
The boy, now 19, told police: ‘We spent a lot of time together. We were on a coach, it was a four-hour journey to the airport. On the coach everything seemed normal. I noticed that she was asleep and she touched my hand a little bit. I moved my hand.
‘It all kicked off from there. We boarded the plane and had alcohol — it was a long-haul flight so all your drinks are free.
‘We were probably drinking too much. I was fairly intoxicated. We sat chatting for a bit. We were just talking. It all got a bit touchy, of course I am a bit drunk, and I touch her back.’
The boy said he was ‘in shock’ when Wilson started to kiss him and slid her hand down his underwear. ‘That went on for a bit. Then she proceeded to go into the toilet. She called me in. I walked in, closed and locked the door,’ he said.
Wilson confided in the boy at school a month later that she was pregnant and would have an abortion, which he ‘found hard to comprehend’, jurors heard.
The relationship was allegedly exposed when a friend of the victim tried to blackmail Wilson to have sex with him and she confessed to her superiors at the school. Ms Cornwall described Wilson, of Dursley, Gloucestershire, as a ‘bright and capable teacher’ who was a ‘risk taker’. She said: ‘We assume, expect and want our teachers, our social workers and those that look after children and educate them to behave in a way that is not predatory, that is not sexual.’
‘The circumstances on the trip led to an erosion of boundaries and it was her responsibility as the adult to ensure there was no erosion of boundaries. She was a 26-year-old woman, he was a 16-year-old boy.’
Wilson denies four charges of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust in 2015. The trial continues.