Woman geography teacher weeps as she admits seducing and having sex with 15-year-old girl pupil

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 11:48 AM on 12th August 2011

A woman teacher is facing jail after she admitted having sex with a 15-year-old schoolgirl.

Suzanne Harrison, 38, sobbed throughout a court appearance where she admitted four sexual offences against the teenager over a seven-month period.

The blonde geography teacher is believed to have struck up a relationship with the girl while she was working at a secondary school in Colchester, Essex.

Harrison, of Rendlesham, near Woodbridge, Suffolk, admitted two charges of sexually touching a female under 16 and one count of sexual touching involving penetration, in the Ipswich Crown Court yesterday


Guity: Suzanne Harrison, 38, weeps as she leaves court after admitting four sex offences against a teenage girl

She also plead guilty to engaging in sexual activity with a female under 16 while in a position of trust between December 1, 2005, and July 31, 2006.

Harrison, who is understood to be single, previously taught at Otley College, Suffolk, before joining Suffolk One, a sixth form centre, in Ipswich.

She was also director of progression at the latter, which has hundreds of students aged 16 to 19.

Harrison was suspended after being arrested and charged on July 8.

But she resigned on July 20, a day before she was due to face an internal disciplinary hearing with the school.

Her lawyer Richard Atchley yesterday asked the judge to consider not sending his client to prison.

Happier times: Suzanne pictured at work at a different school to the one she committed her crimes

'This is an unusual and sad case,' he said.

'This case does not necessarily mean a custodial sentence. I will therefore be asking the probation service to look, in particular, at what alternative sentence they think will be appropriate.'

Judge David Goodin said the report would look at Harrison's circumstances, background, attitude towards her offences and the risk she presented of committing further crimes.

But he warned her that he could not rule out sending her to prison.

Harrison was released on unconditional bail and she is due to be sentenced on September 2.

She refused to comment as she left court, still crying and jumped into a waiting car before being driven off with her solicitor.

Her case will now be referred to the Independent Safeguarding Authority and the General Teaching Council.

After the hearing, a Suffolk One spokesman said Harrison's criminal records and references were checked before she was employed.

'We can state that the charges like the ones being faced are indefensible,' he said.

'We can confirm that the allegations relating to the former employee occurred whilst they were employed at an organisation in Essex over five years ago.'

'We have fully co-operated with police throughout this investigation and will continue to do so.

'And we would like to reassure parents and guardians that our students~ safety, security and welfare is our utmost priority.'




Suzanne Harrison at the ripe of age of 38, with two decades of teaching experience and a 'director', knew better. She knew that it was wrong, she knew the harm she would cause, knew the odds of discovery and still decided to abuse her power, her position of trust by the students to abuse a student.

She appears to have no remorse whatsoever. Just how may other victims are there?

It also begs the question as to what the police have been doing to get other victims to come forward.

She should never teach or be in a place of trust again.

Society needs to ask the question why did this happen? Why the riots? Why all the delinquent behaviour.

The answer is now generations of single mothers raising increasingly delinquent families because society has criminalized fatherhood and made every incentive possible towards the destruction of marriage between a man and a woman.

All of which requires a Legal Presumption of Equal Parenting