Teacher, 45, jailed for sex sessions with teen pupils
A music teacher who had drink-fuelled sex sessions with two teenage pupils at her Devon home has been jailed for 30 months.
Married mother-of-three Jennifer Philp-Parsons, 45, flirted and plied the 16-year-olds with alcohol at parties she hosted at her house before having sex with them.
Exeter Crown Court heard she seduced the first boy on a sofa bed in the lounge while her husband slept upstairs at their home in Exmouth.
Weeks later, the teacher threw a second party – this time while her husband was away – and had sex with the first boy in her marital bed.
An hour later – when the first boy had gone to a shop to buy food with money Philp-Parsons had given him – she seduced the second boy and had sex with him as well.
The first boy returned to the house and heard his teacher and his friend upstairs engaged in intercourse.
The mornings after both parties, Philp-Parsons took the boys for breakfast, the court was told.
At a previous hearing, Philp-Parsons, who was head of music at a Devon school, admitted three charges of sexual activity with a male aged 13 to 17 while in a position of trust in May and June this year.
Judge Francis Gilbert QC, The Recorder of Exeter, said Philp-Parsons's offending was so serious that prison was the only option.
"You have committed very serious sexual offences with two 16-year-olds who were at the school in which you were a teacher," the judge said. "The details reveal very serious offences involving you seducing two students of your own school in your own home for your own sexual gratification."
Philp-Parsons was also placed on the sex offenders' register and made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order, both indefinitely.
Philp-Parsons was arrested at the school after a member of the public reported rumours to the police. The court heard she made no comment in her first police interview.
But in a second interview, Philp-Parsons admitted she had slept with the two teenagers, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
Even after Philp-Parsons pleaded guilty before Exeter Magistrates' Court last month, she continued to send text messages to the first boy – breaching her bail conditions.
Richard Crabb, defending, said Philp-Parsons had the support of her husband and family who were in court to see her sentenced.
"There are no winners in a case like this," he said. "She wishes she could turn the clock back but knows she can't. She has lost her job and she will never work as a teacher again and not surprisingly her marriage is in further difficulty."