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TEACHER FACES TEEN BOY SEX CHARGES; EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: CIARAN JONES Investigations Editor ciaran.jones@walesonline.co.uk

AN ATTRACTIVE drama teacher from South Wales has been charged with a number of sexual offences against a teenage boy.

Pretty blonde Kelly Burgess, from Newport, faces four allegations of sexual activity with a boy aged between 13 and 17.

The 26-year-old has been suspended from her post as a drama teacher at St Katherine's School in Bristol and is due to appear in court next month. She will face four charges of adult abuse of a position of trust - sexual activity with a boy between 13 and 17 years.

The alleged incidents cover a period between January and late August last year.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: "Kelly Ann-Marie Burgess, aged 26, of Grosmont Way, Newport, has been charged with four sexual offences against a teenager.

"The incidents happened between January 1, 2013, and August 28, 2013.

"She is due to appear at North Somerset Magistrates' Court at Worle on March 17.

"She has been charged with four counts of adult abuse of position of trust - sexual activity with a boy between 13 and 17 years."

A spokesman for North Somerset council confirmed a teacher had been suspended from their post while the allegations were investigated.

The spokesman said: "We can confirm that a member of staff at a North Somerset school has been suspended.

As the matter is currently the subject of a police investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment any further."

St Katherine's School, where Burgess works within the performing arts department, has almost 1,000 students between 11 and 19. An inspection by England's schools watchdog Ofsted last September reported the school "requires improvement".

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Date:Feb 23, 2014
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