I’m Making Him Happy, Teacher Who Slept With teenage Student Says

An Australian teacher, who is in court for having sex with one of students, half her age, has said she did so because the teenager made her happy, according to news.com.au

The 34-year old former teacher at an elite Sydney private school claims she was motivated by the mistaken belief she was doing good by him and making him happy.

The woman was distraught and panicked when the 17-year-old told her she had actually harmed him and he wanted to sever all contact, the NSW District Court heard on Thursday.

“It seemed to undermine everything I thought was happening and I had gained a sense of meaning in my life from thinking — wrongly, I wrongly thought — that I was making him happy,” she said.

The former Sydney Grammar School teacher faced a sentence hearing after pleading guilty earlier this year to five counts of sexual intercourse with a person under care.

She had secretly met the victim several times over about three months in 2016 at her home, a classroom and a school storage cupboard, according to an agreed statement of facts.

The woman, now 34, had already been warned about her conduct with students and was told not to make sexual references or comments with obvious sexual connotations when she began texting the victim in 2015.

She spoke about her “cold” marriage, her depression and other health issues, the facts said.