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A former teaching assistant used fake personalities to conceal her sexual relationship with a teenage boy.
Hannah Harris tricked her victim's parents into thinking he was seeing a girl his age by pretending to her mother.
The 23-year-old denied having sex with the teenage boy in a Wilko car park, but she was found guilty of sexual activity with a child at St Albans Crown Court.
She was working at a school in Hertfordshire in 2018 when she posed as the fake mum, named Olivia, to hide what she was doing.
Texts were sent to the victim's parents to give them the impression their son was seeing Olivia's daughter, named Kayla.
Both people did not actually exist, and were personalities created by Harris.
Harris' father, Jason, has called the verdict handed down a “b*****d”, and confirmed that the family will be launching an appeal.
He told The Sun: “We are fully supporting her – we’re not giving up on her.
“I don’t believe what came out in court. We are talking to her solicitor at the moment about appealing.
“She shouldn’t have been doing that job, she was too young. She was in that job because she wanted to help people, that’s what she does, she helps people.
“She’s very very good natured (and) anyone she’s ever worked for before and still working for now speak very highly of her – she is still working now.”
Harris had previously denied four charges of sexual activity with a child during 2019 and 2020, and was found not guilty on three of the four charges.
She managed to get away with her crime by posing as two different people – called Kayla and Olivia – when speaking to the boy's parents.
Prosecutor Simon Wilshire told St Albans crown court: “Both parents believed they had spoken to Olivia on the phone and his mum had exchanged texts.
“The names Kayla and Olivia were fictions to hide the fact they were meeting up.
“The parents were in fact talking to Ms Harris as that was the number they had been given for Olivia.”
Harris, who claims to be now in a stable relationship, will return to court on March 9, but must stick to a strict 7pm to 7am curfew until then.
She was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register and told her sentence is “inevitably going to be custodial” by the judge.
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