A married teacher acquitted yesterday of performing a sex act on a 15-year-old pupil, after claiming he held a screwdriver to her neck, will not take legal action against him for assault.
Rebecca Poole, aged 26, said she was "ecstatic" at the verdict, reached yesterday at Birmingham Crown Court, but now wanted closure over the events.
Mrs Poole had admitted giving the boy oral sex in a drama studio at the school where she taught, but said she did so under duress.
The boy filmed the activity on his mobile phone, but out of sight he held a screwdriver to her neck and made threats to harm her family, she told a jury.
The seven men and five women rejected the prosecution’s claims that Mrs Poole and the boy had enjoyed a consensual sexual relationship lasting several months, and took just over an hour to clear her unanimously of three counts of sexual activity with a child, and one count of abuse of trust.
Afterwards, her legal team said she did not intend to pursue a prosecution against him with respect to the assault and had not made a formal complaint at the time of police questioning.
Fiona Warman, a partner at Mrs Poole’s solicitors Williamson & Soden, said: "My instructions are not to pursue this further. The incident is closed as far as Mrs Poole is concerned. It is not that it didn’t happen, but closure is a very good thing for all parties."
After she kissed her husband, Dacey, outside court, her solicitor Andrea Jones said: "It’s been a very difficult 12 months since her arrest. She would like to thank her family and friends and in particular her husband for their unwavering loyalty."
Last night Mrs Poole was recuperating from her ordeal at the home of her mother-in-law, Corinne Poole, in Hollywood, south Birmingham.
Corinne Poole said: "She is very relieved it is all over. As soon as she got back she went to sleep because it has tired her out. She needs a few days to get over it and to see her daughter Mayia. Mayia is only ten weeks old and she has hardly seen her."
Mrs Poole, of May Lane, Hollywood, was arrested in October last year when the boy’s parents found the video on his mobile phone.
During the two-week trial, the jury was shown the video clip filmed by the teenager, in which he was seen "smiling cockily" as she performed oral sex on him.
Under cross-examination, the boy admitted he was having a "pretty good time" during the act, which he had recorded, saying the "amazing" events constituted his first proper sexual experiences.
Asked how she felt when shown the videoclip, Mrs Poole said: "It’s a videoclip of me being sexually assaulted and I felt sick that he would want to video that and brag about it."
Mrs Poole told the court she was attacked after lending the boy #100 so he could pay off a drug dealer he had stolen a bag a cannabis from.
She said the boy grabbed her by the hair and shoulders as she bent down to pick up some rubbish, produced a screwdriver and demanded oral sex. She said: "I remember looking at his face and realising that he was so confident in what he was doing that I had no way out. I just couldn’t get out."
The teacher said she was "frightened, really frightened" by the incident.
Afterwards, she said, the boy warned her not to talk to the "Feds" – understood to be a reference to the police – and said his family "made people disappear".
The boy denied making any threats during the encounter in the drama studio, and insisted he had not invented other sexual encounters, which included a claim that they had sex in Mr Poole's Porsche.