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  • Female teacher who sought sex with 10-year-old boy walks free
  • By Mark Russell
  • 11/10/2014 Make a Comment (1)
  • Contributed by: JohnnyBgood ( 9 articles in 2014 )
Diane Brimble leaves court in Warrnambool
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A primary school teacher who wanted to have sex with her 10-year-old student, and had his name tattooed on her chest, has walked free from court.

County Court judge Mark Taft said he was at a complete loss to understand why mother of eight Diane Brimble, 47, had engaged in "such utterly inappropriate conduct which must dismay every parent".

"You breached the trust reposed in you by [the boy's] parents who properly expected that a classroom teacher would care for their son in a professional manner," Judge Taft said on Thursday when sentencing Brimble on a two-year community correction order and 200 hours of unpaid community work.

Brimble will be placed on the sex offenders register for eight years, be assessed and treated for any mental health condition, take part in offender treatment programs and has lost her career as a teacher.

"The scale of your obsessive behaviour was demonstrated by your tattooing [the boy's] name on your chest with an infinity symbol, your endeavours to move your own children into the primary school where [the boy] had transferred and the letters that you penned which spoke of your undying love for him," Judge Taft said.

One letter read in part: "I can't write how much I miss you because there just aren't enough words ... Though you will be so far away when I leave I will still see you every night in my dreams just as I do now. Infinite love, forever in my heart."

Judge Taft said it "beggars belief" that a "mature-aged woman" would write such a letter to her 10 -year-old student.

Brimble, of Hamilton, was found guilty by a jury sitting in Warrnambool of one count of committing an indecent act with a child under 16 between January 1 and April 19, 2013.

She was acquitted of five other charges. The prosecution did not call for Brimble to be jailed given she was not convicted of sexually abusing the boy.

Brimble had hugged the boy at her house and asked him if he wanted to sleep with her. The boy asked her what she meant and she said "sex".

The boy pushed Brimble's hands away as she kissed him on the cheek and told him she loved him. He told her he was not old enough to have sex but Brimble told him, "You are when you are at my house."

The boy's father told the court he discovered what was happening when he saw inappropriate Facebook and text messages from Brimble to the boy.

"I couldn't understand why [the boy] was agitated and refused to look at either of his parents," he father said in his victim impact statement.

"As it turns out it was due to him being subjected to deplorable and indecent actions by a person in a position of trust."

When the boy changed schools, Brimble toured his new school and tried to enrol her own children there.

"She tried to manipulate [the boy] to think that she loved him and that his parents did not. This hurts me to the very core," the father said.

"I feel angry that if it was a 46-year-old man and a 10-year-old girl that it would most likely be a different outcome ... I feel angry and betrayed by the Education Department who did nothing to remove this evil woman from other children," he said.

"To think a woman would get a tattoo with my child's name as a sign of her undying love for [the boy] baffles me. I would like Brimble to endure the pain of removing name forever."


    By:John from NSW, Australia on October 11, 2014 @ 10:58 am
    Teacher had sexual intent yet no sexual abuse conviction...seriously?

    Once again, double standards for men + women!!

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