Married teaching assistant planned hotel lap dance in ‘sexy underwear’ for child

A married teaching assistant who groomed a pupil and planned to give him a lap dance in a hotel wearing "sexy underwear" has been jailed .

Lydia Beattie-Milligan, 43, was "sexually attracted" and "infatuated" to the boy and encouraged him to have similar feelings.

She messaged a friend to say she planned "major f***ing" after the dance.

In texts, the mum-of-two suggested to mates she was meeting an "adult friend" but concerns arose when a member of staff noticed she was paying the boy particular attention and "acting too familiar with him". The boy showed him his mobile phone with messages arranging the Saturday night hotel rendezvous, Liverpool Echo reports.

And, although Beattie-Milligan denied arranging to meet a child following sexual grooming, she was convicted and caged for two years today.

Sentencing her, Judge Gary Woodhall said: "It's clear to me you were sexually attracted to this boy, you were infatuated with him and you were encouraging similar feelings within him.

"You referred to trimming your body hair, you said you were going to make sure you were looking amazing, that you were going to do a lap dance for him and get some sexy underwear and in your words – not mine – in one text saying "major f***ing going on".

The defendant sent the boy sordid text messages, including that she couldn't sleep or eat as sher was "thinking about him".

"OMG I cannot stop thinking about you, but I know it is wrong," one text read.

"Can’t wait to see you tomorrow.xx," another read.

But during the trial, Beattie-Milligan, of Lydiate, Merseyside, said: "I have 100% no interest in children in a sexual way."

Cheryl Mottram, prosecuting, told the court a colleague believed Beattie-Milligan – described by a friend as "Mrs Robinson" from the film The Graduate – was meeting an agency teacher at the hotel, with whom she had been in a relationship and would exchange flirty messages.

Ms Mottram said: "She recalls that Lydia had been excited about the meeting and that she had bought new underwear… the Crown say she was clearly anticipating a sexual encounter."

After she text saying that she cared about him and he replied that he cared about her, the boy asked if she loved him.

She replied: "OMG I cannot stop thinking about you but I know it is wrong. You do batter my head, so maybe."

The victim's mum today said her son had since threatened to take his own life – on more than one occasion.

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