Primary school teacher sentenced to three years for sexually abusing two students

North Lanarkshire, Scotland: 39-year-old Carol Ann White, a mother of two, was sentenced to three years behind bars on Tuesday, June 14 for abusing two students while employed at two different North Lanarkshire primary schools.

 

White was found guilty on Thursday, April 28 of two charges of engaging in sexual activity with children between August 2018 and May 2020. The jury deliberated for just over an hour.

 

Following her release from jail, she will be on license for 18 months and has been placed on the sex offenders' registry "indefinitely."

 

Sheriff Morag Shankland said, "There is no sentence this court can impose which can in any way alleviate the harm you have caused the children involved and the court wishes to commend the bravery of those children and their parents for the way they gave evidence."

 

During the investigation, officers learned that she had been texting with a 12-year-old during the first Covid-19 lockdowns.

 

Investigators uncovered 1,185 messages had been exchanged over a three-week period.

 

Investigators learned from the boy that White had been kissed on the lips 50 times during a school trip near Oban, Argyll, and that she had reportedly groped him while watching Titanic, and forced the boy's hand down the front of her pants.

 

While investigating, another child, an 11-year-old boy, was located, who also reported abuse.

 

According to investigators, he had been kissed on the lips in a school store cupboard, had his head held against White's groin, and that White had rubbed her breasts on him.

 

One of the boys read a victim impact statement saying, "She was manipulative. ... For the last year I've felt like I had to protect her because I thought she was this nice person but she really wasn't."

 

"If you were Miss White's teacher's pet then she would favor you," the boy said. "It felt quite good. Looking back I feel disgusted."

 

According to the BBC, White still denies that any sexual activity took place, but previously plead guilty to possessing eight indecent images of the 12-year-old boy.

 

White told the court, "I was a very hard working, nurturing, caring teacher for all children, I don't know why they would say this about me."

 

"You have been convicted of a serious breach of trust and you have shown absolutely no remorse for these actions," Shankland said.

 

The mother of the 11-year-old boy spoke following the sentencing saying, "Concerns had been raised in the school about her being overly familiar with pupils but yet she was allowed to move on and target a vulnerable boy."

 

"The whole thing is shocking and I feel as if I've had no support for the last two years," she continued.