Wednesday, October 21, 2015

School teacher pursued former students for sex, trial told

PICTOU — In 2013, a mentally ill elementary school teacher began seeking out teenage boys to satisfy her growing sexual desires.

On Tuesday, Pictou provincial court spent a second day hearing about conflicting psychiatric reports over whether Carolyn Amy Hood knew that seeking out her former students for a sexual purpose was morally wrong. The students were14 and 15 at the time of the alleged incidents.

“Her behaviour was flowing from her manic symptoms, not from her personality or from a sexual preference for children,” testified Lisa Ramshaw.

The defence witness, a forensic psychiatrist at the University of Toronto, diagnosed Hood as suffering from bipolar disorder with manic episodes.

As a result of Hood’s mental illness, the 39-year-old teacher began texting former teenage male students in 2013. The court heard Tuesday how the texting started out friendly but grew to become sexual in nature — with Hood texting photos of herself in her underwear to at least two boys.

The court heard that in April 2013 she gave one of the boys a ride home from school and performed oral sex on him in his driveway.

Rumours began circling about her behaviour and she received a call from one of the boy’s mothers. She denied the allegation and then called the boy and said, “I thought I trusted you.”  (more...)

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