A court heard how Eppie Sprung Dawson, 26, had agreed to give the dyslexic teenager extra help with his lessons at the Catholic secondary where she worked. But the married English teacher, who was only four years into her career, drove him to the countryside, stopped in a lay-by and had séx with him.
They were spotted together by police officers on a routine patrol. At Dumfries Sheriff Court yesterday, Dawson admitted that on December 21, while she was in a position of trust, she engaged in séxual activities with, or directed towards, a person under the age of 18, and that she had séxual intercourse with him. Procurator fiscal depute Lyndsay Hunter said that Dawson had met the youth in Dumfries and then drove him to a lay-by on the Cummertrees to Hoddam Road. She said that at around 5.20pm, police noticed the car, which had condensation on its windows.
The fiscal added: ‘The officers remained in their vehicle and spotted the couple in the passenger seat of the car. ‘They left their vehicle and approached the parked car where they saw the couple having séxual intercourse. 'The police officers knocked on the car door and then saw the accused and a male, both naked from the waist down.’ Mrs Hunter said that Dawson was spoken to and it became clear that she was a teacher. The fiscal added that she made no reply when cautioned and charged. Sheriff George Jamieson deferred sentence until May 1 and called for reports, including a psychiatric assessment. Dawson, of Dumfries, who taught at the town’s St Joseph’s College, was placed on the séx offenders’ register.