Trial date is set

Durham Crown Court
Durham Crown Court

A TEACHING assistant admitted sexual activity with a pupil.

Helen Turnbull, 35, must now register with the police as a sex offender, and tell them if she changes her name or address.

Turnbull, of Church View, Haswell, made the admission during a plea hearing of her case at Durham Crown Court.

She pleaded guilty to one charge of sexual activity with a child aged under 18 years while she was in a position of trust. The court heard the offence involved kissing and took place last year.

Neither the victim nor the school involved in the case can be named for legal reasons. Turnbull faces three more charges of sexual activity with a child while in a position of trust.

She pleaded not guilty to all three charges which the court was told involve sexual activity of a more serious nature.

Turnbull was released on bail for a four-day trial on November 10.