Manchester Teacher Denies Sexual Activity Charges with Two Teenage Boys

Manchester maths teacher Rebecca Joynes is on trial for six charges of sexual activity with two teenage boys, aged 15 and 16, between October 2021 and July 2022. Joynes denies the charges, which include allegations of grooming and engaging in sexual relationships with the students.

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Manchester Teacher Denies Sexual Activity Charges with Two Teenage Boys

Manchester Teacher Denies Sexual Activity Charges with Two Teenage Boys

Rebecca Joynes, a 30-year-old maths teacher at a Manchester high school, is currently on trial at Manchester Crown Court, facing six charges of sexual activity with two teenage boys, aged 15 and 16. Joynes has denied all the charges against her, which include allegations of grooming and engaging in sexual relationships with the students between October 2021 and July 2022.

Why this matters: This case highlights the serious issue of abuse of power and trust in educational institutions, which can have long-lasting and devastating effects on the victims. It also underscores the need for stricter measures to prevent and detect such cases, ensuring a safe learning environment for students.

The prosecution alleges that Joynes groomed the first boy, referred to as Boy A, by taking him on a shopping trip to the Trafford Centre and buying him a £345 Gucci belt. She then allegedly took him back to her apartment in Salford, where they had sex twice. Boy A's mother informed the school and police about the alleged relationship in October 2021, leading to Joynes' arrest and suspension from her job.

While on bail and awaiting trial for the charges related to Boy A, Joynes allegedly began a sexual relationship with another student, known as Boy B, who was 15 when the relationship started. Boy B testified that he had sex with Joynes around 30 times, and she became pregnant with his child. In a video interview shown to the jury, Boy B described the relationship, stating, "Obviously, it was my first time, so I was nervous." He also claimed that Joynes told him she could not conceive but later revealed her pregnancy.

During her testimony, Joynes says, "I struggled massively over the Covid period. I think I was obviously lonely and I liked the attention at the time, which sounds awful." However, Joynes denied having any sexual contact with either boy when they were underage.

Joynes broke down in tears while revealing that her daughter, born as a result of her alleged relationship with Boy B, was taken away from her 24 hours after birth. She now has contact with her child three times a week for three hours. The trial also heard that Joynes had been wearing a pink baby bonnet tucked into her trousers during the proceedings, which she claims to sleep with every night.

As the trial continues at Manchester Crown Court, Rebecca Joynes maintains her innocence, denying all six charges of sexual activity with the two teenage boys. If found guilty, she faces a potential prison sentence for engaging in sexual relationships with minors while in a position of trust as their teacher. The jury will consider the evidence presented by both the prosecution and defense before reaching a verdict in this case.

Key Takeaways

  • Rebecca Joynes, 30, faces 6 charges of sexual activity with 2 teenage boys, aged 15 and 16.
  • Joynes allegedly groomed and had sex with the boys between Oct 2021 and Jul 2022.
  • She denies all charges, claiming no sexual contact with the boys when they were underage.
  • Joynes became pregnant with one boy's child while on bail for the first set of charges.
  • If found guilty, Joynes faces a potential prison sentence for engaging in sexual relationships with minors.