Teaching assistant in court charged with sexual activity with schoolboy

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A TEACHING assistant has appeared in court charged with sexual activity with a schoolboy.

Helen Louise Turnbull, 34, from Church View in Haswell, faces four charges but did not enter a plea when she appeared before Peterlee Magistrates’ Court.

She spoke only to confirm her date of birth and address.

Prosecutor Sarah Traynor said the offences are alleged to have involved sexual touching.

The court was told the case was not suitable to be heard before the magistrates, with District Judge Christine Harrison sending the case to Durham Crown Court.

The next hearing will be held on Thursday, May 15, with Turnbull released on conditional bail until that date.