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Married religious studies teacher is facing jail over sexual relationship with a pupil

By Neil Lancefield

A married religious studies teacher faces jail after he was found guilty of having a sexual relationship with a teenage pupil.

Stuart Kerner (44) had sex with the girl at school and at his home during their illicit affair when she was 16.

Jurors heard he took her virginity on a yoga mat in a store cupboard at Bexleyheath Academy in south east London the same week his wife miscarried their second child.

Inner London Crown Court heard that what started out as a schoolgirl crush turned into a full-blown affair.

Father-of-one Kerner appeared stunned in the dock as the verdict was read out.

His wife, who supported him at court throughout the trial, reacted by saying "it's stupid".

She then walked out of the room and screamed in anguish.

The jury of six men and six women took six hours and 11 minutes to reach their verdicts.

Kerner was found guilty on two counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust. They were both majority verdicts of 11-1 and 10-2.

Kerner was granted bail until sentencing on January 14..

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