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Sentencing, Recorder Adrian Waterman QC said: ‘You were the teacher, she was the pupil.
'You were the one in whom trust had been placed to ensure that you would respect the vital boundaries that must exist between adults and children and between teachers and pupils.
At first, the pair talked over the internet about schoolwork.
Then, while on holiday, the pupil sent Yeoman a text message saying she loved her.
The teacher was disqualified from ever working with children again and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for ten years.
The judge also imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, banning her from contacting the girl for five years.
Yeoman was later arrested and admitted what had happened only after DNA evidence was discovered.Mr Ritchie said she then told police sexual activity had taken place eight or nine times, adding: ‘She had always considered herself heterosexual and never had feelings like this for a girl.’Yeoman admitted ten sexual offences including performing sexual activity with a child, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and breaching a position of trust.The pupil, now 17, has said she wants nothing to do with Yeoman and is keen to move on with her life, the court heard.Jon Wilkinson, mitigating, said Yeoman was a loner who had only had one other sexual encounter and was surprised such a pretty and popular pupil could be interested in her.‘Though she clearly understands that what she did was wrong, it’s quite apparent that she was craving affection,’ he said.
Sue Johnson, of Wakefield Council’s schools service, said after the case: ‘As soon as the school became aware of this situation the teacher was immediately suspended and we began working with West Yorkshire Police.’ Yeoman was sacked after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.Whatever your feelings, this was not about love and a normal relationship.