Teaching assistant, 43, groomed 15-year-old pupil and booked hotel room to spend night with him

The 43-year-old had bought new underwear and was “clearly anticipating a sexual encounter,” the Liverpool crown court heard. After she texted the pupil that she cared about him, he replied that he cared about her. “Does that mean you love me?” he asked.


Cheryl Mottram, prosecuting, added messages to the boy about beer and prosecco and asked why she had not arranged to meet the boy in the hotel bar rather than a bedroom. She replied, “OMG, I cannot stop thinking about you, but I know it is wrong. You do batter my head, so maybe.” Quizzed, she said, “That is when I realized the lines were getting blurred.”

Beattie-Milligan replied: “I wanted to stay and get away from everything and get a good night’s sleep if I’m honest.”But the boy showed another teacher the texts. The mum of two of Lydiate, Merseyside, said she had been helping the lad with anxiety issues. She was convicted of arranging to meet a child following sexual grooming and will be sentenced in September. You want to spread experience between your party members as much as possible (having them score killing blows in combat boosts them the fastest), but it helps to have an ace up your sleeve for tougher boss fights. Some elite enemies can slice through weaker party members with one ability, so bringing in a beefier unit along with the protagonist, Byleth is a good plan of attack.

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