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How maths teacher’s lies were exposed after flirty text messages revealed she was a sexual predator grooming her teen pupils | #childpredator | #kidsaftey | #childsaftey

Maths teacher Rebecca Joynes sought to present herself as a loner who struggled with isolation during the Covid pandemic when she stood trial accused of grooming two 15-year-old boys for sex.

The 30-year-old, who has been told she faces a lengthy prison sentence after being found guilty of a string of sexual offences, told her trial she had ‘struggled massively’ after a nine-year-relationship came to an end as the world shut down.

But the teacher has been exposed as a sexual predator – undone by her own flirty text messages between herself and one of the teens, which she tried to delete by factory resetting her phone unaware that police could retrieve them elsewhere.

The messages read out to the court, obtained via her mobile phone network, are a damning indictment of her own behaviour as she flirted with the teen after giving him her number in a maths lesson.

And rather than someone who had ‘let my guard down’, as she claimed whilst giving evidence, the messages show she was actively flirting with the boy, known as Boy A, before then seducing his classmate and having their baby.

Rebecca Barnes, flanked by her father Stuart, covers her face as she leaves Manchester Crown Court after being convicted of sex with pupils she groomed at school
Rebecca Joynes, 30, is facing jail after being found guilty of sexual activity with children after grooming two pupils for sex
The female maths teacher’s texts were revealed during her trial and show her flirting with one of the boys in question
Another flirtatious exchange, in which the boy had suggested bringing another pupil along for their tryst
She sought to elicit sympathy from the jury by claiming she had been lonely during the pandemic and craved attention.
Guilty: Rebecca Joynes has been convicted of sleeping with her two pupils after a two-week trial at Manchester Crown Court

They struck up contact after she gave him most of the digits of her mobile phone number – he said ten out of 11, she claimed nine – in a Monday morning probability lesson in October 2021.

Joynes then began texting the boy via Snapchat – which she later accepted during the trial was ‘taboo’ for teachers.

The messages showed her flirting with the boy.

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‘I don’t like maths (I) get too distracted now… from the work,’ Boy A said. Joynes replied: ‘Better had be the work.’

Boy A continued: ‘Of course it is Miss. What else would it be?’ 

Joynes then bought the boy a £345 Gucci belt at the Trafford Centre after arranging to pick him up in her Audi after school the following Friday. 

Beforehand, he had texted: ‘So am I coming later or no?’ – to which Joynes replied: ‘You better had come now you told me you are.’ ‘Don’t worry I will,’ he said.

The boy later joked about another pupil joining them for their tryst, to which she had replied: ‘Obviously it’s only you.’

‘As it should be,’ Boy A said, ‘best student by far.’ ‘That’s debatable,’ Joynes said. 

After the Trafford Centre trip, Joynes took him back to her Salford Quays apartment where they had sex. She had denied sexual activity, claiming only that she had let him stay over if he slept on the couch.

A later message to Joynes from the boy read: ‘Are you asleep?’ The teacher replied: ‘No, why?’

The 15-year-old bragged to friends about what had happened, but initially and the following Monday morning he was taken out of lessons after a tip-off to ChildLine.

A ‘panicked’ Joynes was shown how to wipe her phone by a second schoolboy – who had already heard the rumours – before being sent home. She sent another message to Boy A of a heart emoji and three kisses.

Rebecca Joynes arriving at Manchester Crown Court on Friday before the verdict was announced
Rebecca Joynes pictured in 2018, years before she had sex with two of her students
Throughout the trial Joynes arrived to court each day wearing a baby’s bonnet tucked into the waistband of her trousers. She later denied this was to ‘win sympathy’ from the jury – but they were not convinced
Joynes was supported throughout the trial by her business owner father Stuart. Pictured: On Thursday as the jury were sent out to begin deliberations

But after Boy A’s ‘distraught’ mother learnt the truth and stormed into school, Joynes was arrested at her apartment and interviewed, answering ‘no comment’ to most questions.

She was suspended from school and charged, later appearing in court. She was bailed on the condition that she did not contact any child under 18 – but undeterred, she embarked on a relationship with Boy B. 

Giving evidence, Joynes admitted she had been ‘stupid’ to message the first boy – and then breach her bail conditions by meeting up with the second.

Revealed: Text messages maths teacher, 30, sent to schoolboy, 15

The court heard of messages the pair had sent each other.

Boy A: ‘I don’t like maths get too distracted now.’

Boy A: ‘From the work.’

Joynes: ‘Better had be the work.’

Boy A: ‘Of course it is Miss. What else would it be?’

Joynes: ‘Good.’

Other messages had discussed them meeting up.

Boy A: ‘Am I coming later or no?’

Joynes: ‘You better had come now you told me you are.’

Boy A: ‘Don’t worry I will.’

The messages also showed the pair had joked about another pupil joining them, with the boy saying he should be ‘the only one’.

Joynes had replied: ‘Obviously it’s only you.’

Boy A: ‘As it should be. Best student if you ask me.’

Joynes; ‘That’s debatable.’

And in another exchange:

Boy A: ‘Are you asleep?’

Joynes: ‘Nope. Why? X’

On the Monday morning police went to the boy’s school after he had stayed over at Joynes’ flat and she sent Boy A a message containing ‘hearts and three kisses’.

She told jurors she ‘struggled massively’ during the Covid pandemic, which came after a nine-year relationship came to an end.

‘I was lonely and liked the attention,’ she said. ‘I have to own up to that.’

Joynes denied having a ‘powerful sexual attraction’ to boys aged around 15 – but admitted that on his 16th birthday, Boy B sent her a message reading ‘I’m legal now’ with a winking emoji. She said it was ‘just passed off as a joke’.

She sought to deny she had done anything wrong by embarking on a full-blown sexual relationship with Boy B from the summer of 2022 when he was 16 and after she had been sacked.

‘I was in love with him, I was pregnant with his child,’ she said. ‘I wasn’t committing an offence by doing any of it.’

But in one letter to the pupil, Manchester Crown Court heard she wrote: ‘Every inch of you is perfect and you are all I ever dream about.’

Joynes claimed she hadn’t found Boy B ‘sexy’ until being sacked from her teaching post – but went on to take his virginity.

However she claimed the relationship became ‘toxic’, accusing her teenage lover – barely half her age – of being ‘controlling’.

By now, Boy A had already pre-recorded his evidence, but her trial had yet to take place due to a lack of court time.

In a video interview he gave to police, Boy B said he knew Joynes had been suspended by her school after she was arrested in October 2021.

He said his initial messaging conversations with Joynes weren’t ‘flirty or sexual’.

But he sent her one message saying ‘get your t*** out’, or something along those lines, and she had replied: ‘Not tonight’.

‘So I thought, ”Oh right, she will”,’ he said.

He said Joynes had later sent him a photo of her bum in just a pair of knickers.

‘As a 16-year-old lad I thought I was in there,’ he said.

He said their relationship progressed and he asked if they could meet up and Joynes invited him to her flat in Salford.

‘I went to hers and it was quite awkward at first because she didn’t want to get caught and I was nervous because I was meeting up with someone double your age and I’ve known for years,’ he said.

Boy B went onto have sex with his teacher around 30 times over the next 18 months, he said, lying to his parents that he was going to watch football or meet friends.

However he claimed he would say to her: ‘You’re a weirdo, you need help. You’re a nonce.

‘You should go and find someone your own age, you are pretty enough.’

She went on to have Boy B’s child – but the girl was taken away from her hours after giving birth and she only has limited access, seeing her three times a week.

Joynes turned up to court each day with a baby bonnet tucked into her waistband, in what prosecutors labelled a ‘pretty naked attempt to garner (jurors’) sympathy’.

Joynes denied six counts of sexual activity with a child, two of them while in a position of trust but was found guilty
The teacher blamed her illegal relationships on being ‘lonely during Covid’ and the breakdown of her nine-year relationship
Rebecca Joynes pictured with her father Stuart and mother Mel, who run a café selling tea and cakes in Heswall
Rebecca Joynes (right) blamed her seeking attention from her students due to the the breakdown of her nine-year relationship

The affair was exposed after she confessed to the teen that she was pregnant. Joynes was arrested for a second time, once more factory resetting her phone as officers were literally knocking on her door.

He then told police it had dawned on him that he’d ‘sacrificed 18 months for a paedophile’.

‘She just basically mentally abused me,’ he added.

Joynes has been bailed ahead of sentencing after being found guilty on Friday of four counts of sexual activity with child and a further two of the same while being a person in a position of trust. 

Adjourning the case for sentencing in July, Judge Kate Cornell gave her a last chance to see her baby – who was taken away from her 24 hours after she was born – before she is put behind bars.

Judge Cornell told her: ‘There’s a baby in this case who has done nothing wrong and is entirely innocent, and you will obviously want to see her before sentence is passed, I understand that.

‘But you must be under no illusion about what’s going to happen on July 4. You will have to serve what sentence I pass.’

Joynes – heckled on the way into court yesterday morning by builders who shouted ‘paedo’ at her in the street – left the courtroom sobbing, with her father’s arm around her shoulders.

But a relative of one of the boys, who did not wish to be identified, said: ‘It’s the right verdict.’

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