Teacher asked pupil 'who else can I be a slut with?', trial told

A teacher accused of having sex with a pupil sent him a card asking "who else can I be a slut with?", a court has heard.

Deborah Lowe, 53, sent the card to the 15-year-old when he blocked her on social media after she had sex with him at her house, Minshull Street Crown Court was told.

It was found by the boy's mother and police were called, the jury heard at the start of Lowe's trial for sexual offences.

The card depicted a woman face down in grass with a short skirt on and revealing her knickers, and Lowe wrote alongside: "This is me after I found out you blocked me!"

Deborah Lowe arrives at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester (Peter Byrne/PA)
Deborah Lowe arrives at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester (Peter Byrne/PA)

Lowe, who was responsible for pastoral care at the boy's school, sent the card to him on her own birthday, the court heard.

Inside she wrote: "I'm a mess. You blocked me and I don't know what I have done. Who else can I be a slut with?

"I would never, ever upset, hurt, harm or make you unhappy. So please tell me what I have done. Is it my fat old arse? It's my birthday and I'm so sad."

Lowe, who also worked for Manchester City FC in a matchday stewarding role, signed off: "I bloody miss you, love the slut."

The defendant, of Elmsbed Caravan Park in Poynton, Cheshire, denies one count of sexual activity with a child and five counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust.

Justin Hayhoe, prosecuting, told the jury that after Lowe was arrested she gave a "no comment" interview to police but did give a prepared statement.

In it, she accepted she had been involved in a sexual relationship with the boy, but said it started when he was 17 so she was no longer in a position of trust as he had left school.

Mr Hayhoe added: "The issues really are at what point did this relationship commence? At 15, as the boy would say, or 17, as the defendant would say."

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