A 44-year-old teacher who had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old pupil was spared jail today after a judge deemed he had been "groomed" by the girl.

Stuart Kerner, a religious studies teacher at Bexleyheath Academy in south-east London, was handed an 18-month suspended sentence by Judge Joanna Greenberg QC.

When passing the sentence at Inner London Crown Court, Judge Greenberg said:

Her friends described her, accurately in my view, as stalking you.

If grooming is the right word to use, it was she who groomed you, (and) you gave in to temptation.

  • Judge Joanna Greenberg QC
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