Eleanor Wilson 'relieved' at not facing retrial for 'having drink-fuelled sex with pupil on plane'

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Eleanor Wilson will not face a retrial over allegations she slept with a student during a fight (PA)

The former teacher accused of having sex with a student in a toilet of a plane has reportedly said that she is ‘relieved’ there will be no retrial.

Eleanor Wilson, 29, was charged with four counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust during a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

After the jury were dismissed last week when no majority verdict was reached, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced Ms Wilson would not face a retrial.

Her brother, Jethro, told MailOnline that his sister is ‘very relieved’ at the outcome.

He added: ‘She wants to talk to the people who matter first and then decide what she does from there.’

Ms WIlson is said to be ‘relieved’ that there will be no retrial (SWNS)

Ms Wilson was accused of having drink-fuelled sexual intercourse with the teenager on a British Airways flight home from a camping trip in August 2015.

It was alleged the teacher, then aged 26, kissed and cuddled the boy before beckoning him into the toilet, where they allegedly had sex.

She was also said to have seen the boy outside of school and allegedly kissed and cuddled him on three separate occasions.

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Within weeks of the pair returning from the trip, rumours spread around the school that Ms Wilson was in a relationship with a student.

She denied this when confronted by the school’s head teacher, saying she was “horrified” by the accusation.

At the same time, Wilson discovered she was pregnant and went on to have an abortion, with prosecutors claiming the boy was the father.

The teacher, pictured with boyfriend Josh Hawkins, denied four charges of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust (SWNS)

Jurors were told the ‘clandestine’ relationship was exposed months later when another pupil at the school tried to blackmail Ms Wilson into having sex with him.

The Royal Navy Reservist said she formed a friendship with the boy because she had no friends of her own age she could confide in.

She insisted the boy had imagined what he claimed happened in the plane toilet and said there was ‘no truth whatsoever’ in the allegations.

Giving evidence, the teenager said a bond developed between them. He said his account was not fantasy and he was telling the truth.

Ms Wilson, of The Rope Walk, Dursley, Gloucestershire, was released on unconditional bail following last week’s hearing.

She was banned indefinitely from teaching in July last year following a report by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.