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A TEACHER accused of bombarding a 16-year-old girl with anonymous text messages asking for sex was found not guilty yesterday.

Supply teacher John O'Sullivan, 43, had denied three charges of sending offensive messages.

It was claimed he set up an internet account in the name of "Sexy hunk" to send the messages.

The girl, who cannot be named, received 36 lewd texts on her mobile in three weeks, some offering money for sex.

She texted back asking the sender's name but got no reply.

But a girl of 17 told the court she sent them because the 16-year-old, once her friend, had stolen items from her.

Magistrate Gerry Sutton in Lowestoft, Suffolk, told him: "Because of the variance in the evidence we are unable to be ... absolutely sure that you were responsible."

He was also cleared of assaulting the girl after she taped a meeting in a park.

Later Mr O'Sullivan, of Beccles, Suffolk, stood with wife Barbara and said he may sue for malicious prosecution.

He said: "I have been without pay for a year, living on the charity of my family. It has been financially and emotionally devastating and I think it is fair that someone should compensate me."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 28, 2004
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