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Jazz’ teacher admits lesbian liaison with pupil

PUBLISHED: 18:34 19 August 2009 | UPDATED: 17:04 25 August 2010

A TEACHER at an elite girls school faces up to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to having a lesbian affair with a 15-year-old pupil. On Tuesday, Helen Goddard, 26, of Thornham Street, Greenwich, a trumpet teacher nicknamed the jazz lady by pup

A TEACHER at an elite girls' school faces up to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to having a lesbian affair with a 15-year-old pupil.

On Tuesday, Helen Goddard, 26, of Thornham Street, Greenwich, a trumpet teacher nicknamed the 'jazz lady' by pupils, admitted a string of sex charges.

Goddard, a former teenage prodigy who played at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics, struck up a friendship with the girl meeting for coffee after lessons.

But the relationship turned sexual and after a tip-off the head teacher sent parents text messages telling them of the scandal.

Police and social services were called in and Goddard was found with the girl during a raid in July. The day after the Goddard's arrest, the teen confessed the liaison to her mother.

Goddard pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court to six counts of sexual activity with a child between February 15 and July 11 this year.

The teacher will have to sign the sex offenders' register and has been suspended from her post at the London school that cannot be named for legal reasons. Goddard was bailed to appear for sentencing on September 21.

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