School worker harassed child but avoids jail

Disgraced female school worker avoided jail after admitting harassing a child

Exterior picture of Newcastle Crown Court on the Quayside
Exterior picture of Newcastle Crown Court on the Quayside

A disgraced school worker has avoided jail after admitting harassing a child.

Tracey Sandra Graham bombarded the female victim with calls, texts, cards, love letters and gifts over a 10-month period from September 2011 to July 2012.

The 35-year-old, of Queen Street, Alnwick, was working as a learning supervisor at a Northumberland school when she committed the offence.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Graham sent the child letters saying “You’re the most important person in my life, I love you so much”, took her on trips to a zoo, made her a mix tape of love songs and bombarded her with texts and calls, once phoning her 20 times in just 40 minutes.

Graham pleaded guilty to one count of harassment.

Sentencing Graham to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, Judge Penny Moreland said: “Your behaviour was driven by your obsessive desire to have a romantic relationship with her.”

Graham, who was remorseful for her actions, was also given a five-year restraining order.

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