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Birmingham maths teacher on trial for improper conduct

2014-10-08 21:21:48

Devon Reid
Devon Reid

A Birmingham maths teacher has gone on trial accused of making sexually inappropriate comments to a "vulnerable" pupil.

Devon Reid, 38, of Wash Lane, Yardley, has denied a charge of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Sharon Bahia, prosecuting, told Birmingham Crown Court that Reid was an "unorthodox" teacher who allowed music to be played in class and let pupils use their mobile phones.

She said he was "approachable" and the victim “confided” in him about having an abortion.

Miss Bahia said Reid, who taught at a secondary school in the south of the city, took the opportunity to "test the waters" by making a number of comments.

He asked her whether she missed having sex with her boyfriend and said she "deserved better."

Two weeks later, Miss Bahia said, the girl went with a friend to see Reid about getting some past maths papers.

Reid allegedly quizzed the friend about her sex life, making her feel so uncomfortable that she left after creating an excuse that she had to go to the library.

Miss Bahia said that allowed Reid to "focus his attention" on the victim.

She said he asked the pupil why she had not come to see him in the last couple of weeks, saying if they met in private "things would get dirty".

Miss Bahia said the teacher also asked the girl touch him.

She said the victim was "scared" and texted her friend asking her to come back.

A complaint was later made to another teacher.

Reid was arrested and told police that nothing untoward had happened between him and the pupil

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