A Victorian woman found guilty of “grooming” a 14-year-old schoolboy has rolled her eyes in court as the victim’s sister gave an impact statement.
Teacher Kathryn Woods groomed the boy for years before assaulting him in 1984 when she was 23 and he was just 14.
She had moved into the boy’s house as a babysitter for five weeks while his parents were in the UK.
Inside court, the victim’s sister told the judge that a “normal family” had become “a damaged family by a crime that crept in under the guise of trust.”
As she spoke, Ms Woods rolled her eyes and could be heard saying, “what a joke.”
Ms Woods was arrested in January 2017 and found guilty by a jury of indecent assault and gross indecency.
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Her lawyer tried to water down the offending, saying: “However inappropriate, there was genuine love and affection, there was no force.”
But the judge agreed that Ms Woods had breached her victim’s trust, rejecting the lawyer’s request to consider a fine as her punishment.
Her legal team quickly backtracked, asking that she be spared jail and given a suspended sentence.
Outside court, Ms Woods’ husband lashed out at the media, grabbing cameras and abusing journalists.
Ms Woods wanted to declare her innocence, but her protective partner, Don Woods, clearly wasn’t happy that the cameras were rolling.
“Oh Don, please, you’re making it worse,” she can be heard saying.
The disgraced teacher was adamant she wanted to talk.
“I’m innocent of every single one of those charges, I’m still innocent now, and that’s all I want to say,” she told reporters.
Ms Woods will be sentenced in the coming weeks.