Teacher pleads guilty to underage sex

August 17, 2004 - 12:45PM

A female teacher pleaded guilty today to six counts of sexual penetration with a 15-year-old Melbourne boy.

Karen Louise Ellis, 36, of Eltham North, was committed to the Victorian County Court for sentencing on six counts of having sex with a child under 16 under her care.

The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard another seven charges were withdrawn.

Ellis, a mother of three, had a sexual relationship with the year 10 student while teaching at a suburban state school in October and November last year, the court heard.

She stopped working at the school in November when allegations of the relationship were raised and was charged by summons in May.

Magistrate Dan Muling ordered Ellis face the County Court on November 4.