A female secondary school mentor sent a teenage pupil 3,000 messages in just two months and told ‘I think I’m falling for you’ and ‘I want you so badly’, a court heard.
In a series of ‘overtly sexual’ texts Ellen Cadman-Smith told the 15-year-old that he ‘drove her insane’ and that she was ‘thinking about him non-stop’.
In extracts from messages read to a jury, the school worker, of Sandown, Isle of Wight, admitted she was ‘half naked’, saying ‘I can’t have you and you know why,’ before arranging to meet him in her car.
Cadman-Smith’s behaviour was only uncovered when the victim’s mother found messages from someone called ‘E’ on his phone, and alerted the police who tracked her down.
Isle of Wight Crown Court heard that at the time of the offence, Cadman-Smith was a mentor at the Cowes Enterprise College responsible for supporting pupils’ ‘behaviour, mental health and learning difficulties’.
Cadman-Smith was a mentor at the Cowes Enterprise College (pictured) responsible for supporting pupils’ ‘behaviour, mental health and learning difficulties’, the court heard
The mentor was charged with engaging in sexual communication with a child.
But, now aged 24, Cadman-Smith, who suffers from ‘extreme anxiety’, was deemed ‘not mentally fit enough’ to enter a plea or stand trial.
Instead, a rare ‘trial of issue’ case was held in her absence in which the jury was asked to decide whether or not she had done ‘the act.’
After just three minutes of deliberation, a jury decided that she had.
The court heard she and her victim developed a connection after she started supporting him. They began meeting in her car, but hid their ‘relationship’ when they were in school.
Prosecuting, Mary Aspinall-Miles said she had been working at the school since 2017 and was a ‘progress mentor’.
‘[The boy] started accessing her services. They were covering up their behaviour at school… they thought they were in some kind of relationship.
‘She told the boy she ‘had feelings’ for him but that she couldn’t ‘have him.”
The jury heard the mentor had texted the boy from her personal mobile and the pair initially shared ’emotional and supportive messages.’
But ‘within an-hour-and-a-half,’ Cadman-Smith began telling the boy she had been ‘thinking about him non-stop,’ the court was told.
In extracts from messages read to the jury, the mentor told the teenager: ‘I can’t have you and you know why,’ later suggesting the pair could ‘go for drives’ together.
As their ‘relationship’ progressed, Cadman-Smith told the boy: ‘OMG, I’m falling for you and thinking about things I probably shouldn’t [winking face emoji.]’
‘I want you so badly… the things I could do to you right now are driving me insane,’ other text messages said.
Cadman-Smith – who had a boyfriend at the time of much of the messaging – told the school pupil she was ‘saving everything’ for him, the court was told.
The jury heard the 15-year-old and Cadman-Smith would regularly ‘meet up in her’ car and she would get him ‘Burger King’ or ‘drinks.’
After Cadman-Smith had walked into one of the boy’s classes at school, she texted him to discuss the encounter saying ‘When you gave me that look’, ending the message with three ‘drip’ emojis.
When the mentor ended her relationship with her boyfriend she texted the boy to tell him, and suggested they spend a ‘night away in a hotel in Kent,’ the jury heard.
Isle of Wight Crown Court (pictured) heard Cadman-Smith had texted the boy from her personal mobile and the pair initially shared ’emotional and supportive messages’
She told the boy in another message that because she was taking ‘tablets for cyst on her ovaries,’ the ‘only safe place to do it would be in the shower.’
In a separate text sent to the boy, she wrote ‘I don’t know what I did differently [last night] but I’ve got a bit of a sore throat today though,’ the jury heard.
In further messages, Cadman-Smith told the boy she was ‘half-naked while messaging’ him, and that he was ‘definitely a bum man,’ the court was told.
During the hearing no evidence was offered in her defence.
The jury found that Cadman-Smith did engage in sexual communication with a child and Judge Susan Evans KC imposed a five-year sexual harm prevention order on her.
Under the terms of the order, she must make all her devices available for inspection, they must all have the ability to retain search history and she has been told she must not delete her search history.
She must also not use social media to contact a child under the age of 16 other than her immediate family members.
Cadman-Smith – who has a one-year-old child – will also be placed on the sex offenders register for five years as well as being barred from working with children.
She was also ordered to forfeit her mobile phone which will be destroyed.
The mentor received an absolute discharge from the judge, who said: ‘It is clear that sexual activity did take place between them. She was in a position of responsibility… [It was] a breach of trust.
‘She plainly knew it was wrong to do what she was doing. It was a huge error.’