London: An Indian-origin teacher, who was found guilty of “grooming” a dyslexic pupil for sex, has been jailed for two years by a British court.
Amardip Bhopari gave the vulnerable 16-year-old pupil alcohol and performed a sex act on him in an art room after sending an x-rated text message, Birmingham Crown Court was told. The 28-year-old had sex in her car with the pupil – who was suffering from dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – at home and on an industrial estate near the school, which cannot be identified, the ‘Birmingham Mail’ newspaper reported.
Bhopari, from the West Midlands region of England, showered gifts on the teen and let him drive her car even though he did not have a licence. She also took her victim, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, to a hotel in Birmingham on his birthday, where they stayed all day drinking vodka, the report said.
However, when the boy began seeing a girl his own age and tried to end the relationship with Bhopari, the teacher begged him not to leave her. She admitted three charges of sexual activity with a child when she appeared at the Birmingham Crown Court last
week. Bhopari was arrested in December 2013 and has since left the school.
Her lawyers told the court that she had fallen in love with the boy and was now “full of remorse” for her actions. She was jailed for two years by the court, that also ordered her to be registered as a sex offender for 10 years. The judge Judge James Burbidge said: “As a teacher you owed him a duty of care that all teachers must owe to a child.
“You had sex with him in public places, on an industrial estate and hotels. You provided him with experiences that, as a 16-year-old, meant that he would be attached to you.”