A TRAINEE teacher who had sex with a 13-year-old schoolgirl has been spared jail.
James Maddams was doing work experience at Cams Hill School in Fareham when he met the young girl.
After his placement came to an end Maddams, who is 20 now but was 18 at the time, kept in touch with the youngster through Facebook and MSN Messenger.
After the pair talked online Maddams persuaded the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, to undress in front of her webcam.
He then invited her round to his house, in Portchester Road, Fareham, where they had sex.
Maddams, who had previously been a pupil at the school and was studying at South Downs College to become a PE teacher, was caught after the girl’s teacher heard a rumour about what had happened.
Staff at the school contacted the police and he was arrested.
Matthew Lawson, prosecuting, said Maddams had breached the trust put him.
‘At times he was working alongside PE teachers,’ he said.
‘Other times he was working on his own with the children.’
The girl told police: ‘I feel like he just abused the fact that I liked him.’
Maddams pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.
Robert Bryan, defending, said: ‘I’m not trying to denigrate her but it does take, if you will forgive the vernacular, two to tango.
‘There’s evidence to suggest he was, in many ways, just as immature as her.’
The court heard Maddams had just turned 18 when he had sex with the girl, in December 2008. Judge Graham White handed him a two-year community order.
He will have two years of supervision from the probation service and he must do 175 hours of unpaid work.
Judge White said: ‘I think you understand now what a serious thing it was you did. Please learn from this – I am sure you will.
The judge ruled against imposing a sexual offences prevention order which the prosecution applied for.
It would have banned Maddams from going on social networking websites and from having contact with girls under 16, apart from in situations such as shops.
Maddams will be on the sex offenders’ register for five years.