Face of teaching assistant jailed for sex with schoolboysBy Natasha Adkins
December 05, 2012
This is the face of the teaching assistant from Woodley who was jailed on Monday for having sex with schoolboys.
Emma Webb, a 42-year-old married mother-of-two, was sentenced to 32 months in prison at Reading Crown Court after admitting 30 counts of sexual offences. The offences took place between 2009 and 2012 and involved five boys all aged between 15 and 17 at the time. The victims were students at the Wokingham borough school where she worked, which cannot be named for legal reasons.
Webb lured the boys with Kentucky Fried Chicken meals and used Facebook to befriend them before striking up a phone relationship in which she sent them explicit photos of herself.
Sometimes she performed sexual acts on the boys in school during free periods and detention, only stopping when the school bell rang.
Judge John Reddihough said: “All of these offences involved serious breaches of trust that was placed in you as a study supervisor at the school in question.”
In the dock, a tired-looking Webb became visibly distressed, covering her face with her hand, when the prosecution read details of the case.
The court heard how her first victim was just 15 years old when he caught her attention and started to receive sexual texts.
Webb said if he told anyone about the messages she would lose her job and that her plumber husband Andy ‘had a history of violence’.
She then moved on to another boy, aged 16. After about two weeks of texting she invited him round
to her house, in Kingfisher Drive for sex.
This became a regular thing, happening around twice a week when the boy was not in lessons.
The third boy performed a sexual act on Webb after she lifted up her skirt in the school’s intervention room.
They went on to have unprotected sex on her staircase, which the court was told was the victim’s first sexual experience.
Webb did similar things with the fourth and fifth boys, showing them explicit pictures of herself and taking them to her house for sex.
Judge Reddihough said of Webb’s victims: “There is a risk they will have distorted attitudes towards females and sex.
“You put your own gratification before their interests.”
Although Webb’s husband and two children were not in court, they sent letters to the judge in her support.
No explanation was given for Webb’s actions but Jennifer Edwards, defending Webb, suggested her offending was linked to the murder of her brother several years ago.
Ms Edwards said: “Each of the boys she became involved with, it appears she spoke to them about her lost brother. Perhaps she was looking for some sort of solace.”
Webb admitted four counts of causing or inciting sexual activity with a child; six counts of causing or inciting sexual activity with a child by a position of trust; three counts of causing a child to watch a sex act; 16 counts of sexual activity with a child in a position of trust and one count of sexual activity with a child.
She denied a further charge of perverting the course of justice, which the court was told will remain on file. She is disqualified for life from working with children and will be made to sign the sex offenders’ register.