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FrenchA 38-year-old drama teacher has been jailed for three years for a lesbian affair with a pupil which began when the girl was 13.

Caroline French, who was head of the Drama department, stepped in to help the girl when she was being bullied by fellow pupils at her school in Blackburn, Lancashire.

The girl grew close to French and they entered into an affair.

When the girl was 16 and a sixth-former, she moved into French’s house and changed her surname to ‘French’ by deed poll. The women stayed together for three years.

French is being charged with three counts of sexual assault and one count of indecency with a child. All four offences took place between January and April 2004, when the girl was 15.

After the couple split up, French began an affair with another pupil, who chose not to press charges.

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