Dance teacher, 48, spared jail after bombarding 13-year-old boy with ‘intensely sexual’ lyrics

April 5, 2022, 2:57 PM

Jennifer Hesse, 48, texted a 13-year-old boy sexually.

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A dance teacher who inundated a 13-year-old boy with ‘intensely sexual’ messages was spared today.

Bournemouth Crown Court heard that Jennifer Hesse ‘bombarded’ a young dance student with ‘outpourings of love’ on Whatsapp which left the teenager ‘stressed and embarrassed’.

The 48-year-old encouraged the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, to be ‘touching’ with her for his own sexual gratification despite the boy asking her to leave him alone.

In a message, she told him, “I need you to be touchy all the time.”

In another, she said she felt “a strange combination of dizziness and calm” and “couldn’t breathe” when he was with her.

The teacher also repeatedly told the boy that she loved him.

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Texts read in court also showed that Hesse ordered the teenager to quickly delete the messages so her parents would not know she had been in contact.

When the victim told Hesse he had a girlfriend, she became jealous.

Later, the boy’s mother found the messages and reported the incident to the police.

The mother-of-two was found guilty of sexual communication with a child for sexual gratification following a trial and was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, in Bournemouth on Tuesday Crown Court.

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Prosecuting Nicola Talbot-Hadley told the court: “The victim gave evidence in which he denied he had a crush on Ms Hesse and the jury also rejected that version of events.

“The jury received a lot of messages between them. It was extremely intense and emotionally pressured.

“It often happened late at night and the defendant was sometimes under the influence of alcohol.

“The messages were sexualized and there was a reference to ‘touching and teasing’. She repeatedly told him she loved him.

“It was a breach of trust.

“It became his ‘new normal’ that he had to deal with such intense and pressured messages. They left him feeling stressed and embarrassed.

“Clearly he didn’t want to go to dance school for fear of meeting Mrs. Hesse.”

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In a letter delivered to the judge by Hesse, she detailed that she struggled to understand boundaries while mitigating Audrey Archer said the defendant suffered from an unhappy marriage, “unrecognized depression and childhood trauma.

“This is unforgivable and it breaks my heart. I would love to go back in time and change what I have done,” she wrote.

“All I can do now is work on my sanity and make sure I never make the same mistake again.”

Judge Richard Onslow said at sentencing: “You were treating him like a romantic figure knowing the whole time he was 13.

“You bombarded him with messages and you didn’t listen when he said ‘please stop’. He found that very difficult to deal with.

“You placed a heavy burden on her to meet what you perceived to be your needs. Some of these messages were for the purpose of sexual gratification.”

In addition to the suspended prison sentence, Hesse must also perform 100 hours of unpaid work and received a restraining order and a sexual abuse prevention order prohibiting him from contacting boys under the age of 16 without consent. of their parent or guardian for five years.

She will be on the sex offender registry for 10 years.

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